totally avoid this race...."Google provoked the excitable alpha dogs who run Microsoft"....and take the bone home yourself and hide it in the couch or behind the couch or the curtain & live life within your boundaries not someone else's
However, I think Google has become more like a spinosauras; just too big for its own good.
Very good article though, I always wondered why would Microsoft want to grab Yahoo; never seemed to be good business really, however, by shear luck (or perhaps Google's stupidity) they ended up saving the $$$s and in much better position now as Bing is a formidable alternative..
Just a thought what would happen when / if Nokia and Pentium with a 'android' type phone bought into the information stream. It would certainly be a lot of information and hardware on the ground in the users hands! Maybe Twitter is a viable commodity
Google's dominance was seriously being undermined. It made perfect sense to oppose the merger at the time, and nobody knew that Microsoft would end up getting what they wanted in the first place anyway.
Besides, if Google didn't beat the anti-trust drum, someone else would. Everyone should also take note that it wasn't google's fault in the end that the merger didn't go through.
Therefore, we shouldn't give Google all that credit for the blunder.
I think its more about Google's attitude brought into light its own behavior; which may not have happened for more time to come otherwise. Anyway, whats done can't be undone. I think with regard to future, Google has placed lots of eggs in one basket i.e. cloud computing; which is something I don't think would give them same edge; as there ought to be lot more competition in this space. Right now, what these events has done is gave Microsoft a good hand to play in the future with all this money and more which they are making.
Having said that, good healthy clean competition is what we the users really need, my hope is, that is what we will get from all the players involved in this (specially if the concerned authorities keep everyone honest and make them play by the rules).
Just a cue for European Commission though; if you can make Microsoft use a poll system with regard to browsers, why not make something similar happen with the default search engine in the browsers ??