Google announced last week that it would be putting out an OS called Chrome in the next year or so. This opens another area where GOOG is battling one of its’ rivals-Microsoft.
Like Bing and its’ supposed $100M marketing budget against Google’s search offering, Google is going head to head against MSFT and its’ money franchise, Windows. But instead of attacking the marketing problem with marketing and advertising dollars like MSFT, GOOG appears to be doing it as they are wont to do, releaase a blog statement, and keep the denizens guessing.
This c:net article has some choice quotes from both Gates and Ballmer.
“We don’t need a new operating system,” Ballmer said Tuesday, as part of his keynote at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans. “What we do need to do is to continue to evolve Windows, Windows Applications, IE (Internet Explorer), the way IE works in totality with Windows and how we build applications like Office…and we need to make sure we can bring our customers and partners with us.”
This one is more baffling:
“Ballmer and Gates also stressed the fact that Google now has two operating systems–Chrome OS and Android. Ballmer noted that Microsoft learned with the separate Windows 95 for consumers and Windows NT for businesses that having two operating systems isn’t necessarily a positive thing.
“The last time I checked you don’t need two client operating systems,” he said. “It’s good to have one.”
OK, this quote clearly makes no sense, as MSFT has at least 2 OSes (depending on how you count)- Windows and Windows Mobile. Isn’t Android akin to Win Mobile and Chrome more in the Windows franchise kitchen?
This should be interesting.