With the first step of the much publicized Yahoo-Microsoft search deal already taken, it’s now time to gather up various reactions coming from those who will in a way be affected by the deal. First on the list is of course Google. And we now have some concrete statements coming from Google’s VP Marissa Mayer saying that the search deal my harm the competition in the search market as well as the consumers.Ms. Mayer’s argument was pretty simple – the deal practically reduces the three major players in the search market to just two. This in effect will lessen search innovation leaving consumers and the whole search industry with limited choices.
“Everyone runs faster in a race where there are more people,” said Ms. Mayer.
She also added that several groups within Google are currently studying the probable impact of this deal not only to Google but for the whole web search industry.
Expect Google’s official reaction to the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal to come out anytime soon. It would be interesting how Google put its opposition to the deal and could perhaps boosts what trade regulators would say about the deal.
The Microsoft-Yahoo deal would take effect sometime in 2010. So Google has all the time to come up with something substantial that could be a supporting document to what trade regulators will say about the deal.