Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Google vs Microft

After Gmail, what's next on Google's agenda? Desktop search, apparently. Rumor has it the company will soon launch a search utility that will challenge Microsoft on its home turf, the desktop. Code-named Puffin, the tool -- developed with the help of a former Microsoft product manager -- will be offered as a free download. No doubt the folks up in Redmond, who were hoping to marginalize Google by building more search functionality into Longhorn, the long-delayed update of the Windows OS, will be none too happy to learn they've been marginalized themselves. Longhorn isn't expected to arrive at market until 2006, which gives Google plenty of time to secure a firm foothold on the desktop, and give Microsoft something to chew on as it plots a way to turn Google into the next Netscape.


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