Bill Gates Admits “Google Kicked Our Butts”

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At the World Economic Forum this week in Davos, Microsoft’s Bill Gates publically announced the drive behind MSN’s recent push to improve its search functionality and become an independent Internet search leader: “(Google) kicked our butts” reports:

The list of organizations that have put Microsoft in its place is short indeed, but it has grown by one member, and at the behest of no less that William H. Gates himself. The market is question is Internet search engines, and the new member is none other than

“[They] kicked our butts,” said Gates while speaking at the World Economic Forum, specifically referring to how’s Open Source roots have completely surpassed all of Microsoft’s attempts to insinuate itself into the Internet search engine business.

The Inquirer also reports:

Chief software architect Bill Gates told the World Economic Forum in Davos that Google “kicked our butts”, according to Associated Press.
Mr Gates is referring to the success of the Google search engine compared to Microsoft’s own search engine technology.

He also, apparently, acknowledged that Microsoft had misjudged just how successful open source software might be.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Stefan Svensson

    I welcome Microsoft into the arena of search engines since Google now “rules” the swedish market. Competition is good for everyone. Althougt Microsoft’s history of market domination is scary in a competetive point of view, I think they have a long way to go until they could surpass Google.

  • Jens Benecke


    I doubt Microsoft will ever be successful in the search engine market if they continue giving selective (ie *censored*) results like they do right now.

    Search MSN and Google for things like

    Linux: (MSN:438 hits, Google: ~61.000.000 hits)
    SUN: (MSN: 92 hits, Google: ~ 5.570.000 hits)
    Wordperfect: (MSN: 23 hits, Google: ~1.650.000 hits)

    You can continue this game with just about ever competitor of Microsoft. Search for “security” and MSN will list corporate Microsoft pages telling you how to delete the worm-of-the-day. Google will list Social security organizations, SecurityFocus, Symantec, RSA, and – among all the others – also Microsoft’s security pages.

    Strange: the first hits searching “Linux” at MSN were Amazon and eBay. Granted, they both run Linux on their servers (although eBay tries VERY hard to hide the fact), but they have nothing to do with Linux as it is, right?

    I don’t trust a monopoly corporation running the most important search engine there is. No matter if it is called Microsoft or IBM or Apple or Sun whatever.

    I wouldn’t trust Google from lunch to 12 o’clock if they started the same game.

    — Jens

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