Google Ahead in Innovation?
Even before Bill Gates had finished explaining Microsoft's new Windows Live and Office Live offerings, industry observers and analysts were saying that Google still has the upper hand and warning that Microsoft needs to overhaul "its culture of deriEven before company Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates had finished explaining Microsoft Corp.s new Windows Live and Office Live offerings, industry observers and analysts were already saying that search giant Google Inc. still has the upper hand and warning that Microsoft needs to overhaul "its culture of derivative innovation." In his Oct. 31 online commentary, "My View: The Google Future," Forrester Research Inc. Chairman and CEO George Colony said his Cambridge, Mass., company is predicting that Web pages will be replaced by a new software model known as the executable Internet, or X Internet, that will allow users to do much more than is possible with old, static Web pages.
"Google will be the company that leads this revolution," Colony said. "It is already writing programs like Google Toolbar and Google Desktop Search that run on your computer but blur the divide between your desktop and the Internet." Ray Ozzie, Microsofts chief technology officer and the person tasked with executing a software services strategy across the Redmond, Wash., companys three new business divisions, last week admitted that Microsoft has learned much from Google, especially around online advertising.