Update: A few things are a constant in life – taxes, death, broken hearts and of course Microsoft waking from some kinda slumber, finding an upstart to hate and then crushing them. The IE7 drama that is currently being played out today should be dubbed The Return of The Beast.
This default thing works well for Microsoft – they did it once before, got into trouble with Justice Department, played humble for a while, and well, they are back for an encore. Not that it easy to find compassion for Google these days. At least not amongst those who are extremely jealous of its money making abilities. Google is complaining that Microsoft is using its market domination and defaulting to Microsoft’s in house search engine. Hello Reality! (I edited out the whole bit about switching search engines and all that – perhaps a different post!)
Meanwhile…. you know, what they say market predicts the future…. Take a look at these two charts of Microsoft stock from 1996 and 2006. In December 1995 Bill Gates wrote the now famous Internet-or-nothing memo, and rest is history. Similarly late last year Microsofties got a Web 2.0 or nothing memo. History in the making?