Steve Ballmer Believes Google Has Reached Monopoly Status

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AFDozerman

Less of a filter between what he thinks and what he says? No, I'm afraid his problem has always been that there was no thinking, only saying.

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Dexter243

I use Google search
because it works and dose not spam with with a bunch of bull crap
bing just plane sucks
and Volleynova i do have Ubuntu on 2 pc's in my house and have Steam installed on them and do play computer games with my mac and both my Linux systems

so there get over your self
and I even watch Netflix on Ubuntu and it works fine

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tekknyne

Monopoly? Maybe not, but the reality is that if this country's laws weren't written to favor companies, pretty much everything that google does would be illegal as they slowly extract away our humanity and throw it on a magnetic drive. Just look at all the heartless little prick kids on their cell phones.

The prospect of selling your personal data that you just hand over has all kinds of hitler-manipulative tones all over it.

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WarpathPS

You sound like the run of the mill pretentious prick. If you were better educated and better traveled you would easily realize that humanity does not change much. People are people and good and evil is just a perspective, get over it.

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fdhealy

Gosh Steve, M$ had that distinction until you took over.

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Volleynova

Until all you yaps uninstall Windows and use Mac OS or Ubuntu as your primary gaming operating system, shut the frack up.

Windows is here to stay.

Google is nothing without its search engine, nothing.

If Microsoft lost 90% of the world's desktop computers to Mac OS and Ubuntu, they would still be able to lean on all the other products they have--most notable Microsoft Office--which is the largest and most used corporate/business/home productivity software on the planet, which has grown exponentially in the last 10 years under Ballmer's leadership.

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WarpathPS

The only reason gamers use windows is because they are forced to. As for the casual user, they will use whatever the hell computer companies tell them to use. Once again, nothing special about Microsoft's products other than they suck most of the time.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Tonsils sore?

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Dexter243

and by the way MS Office is slipping big time
with cloud
the business i work for just drop ms office and uses
Linux Lebra Office now that they found out they can have all there needs meet with out paying for MS office
and it was the last 5 years that convinced them to look for other options that where much more cost effective
and it is a world wide business not some little mom and pop shop

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Kuthumii

Office is slipping 'big' time? Do provide some factual data to back up said claim. Due to the cloud? You've heard of this thing called Office 365 eh? It is a cloud based version of Office.

Merely because the corporation you work for ceased using Office doesn't mean all businesses are. Texas just signed a deal with Microsoft to have all of its governmental employees use Office 365.

What would really hurt Office is if public schools stopped teaching kids how to use it.

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WarpathPS

I worked for govt. for years and the govt. buying Microsoft products only has everything to do with the incompetence of the old outdated IT workers they have working for them and the fact that govt. loves to run deficits and efficient people are drummed out of leadership positions. Status Quo is the motto of every govt.

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maxeeemum

We can now see why Ballmer is being forced to retire. He's loosing it!

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Architek9

duckduckgo anyone?

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Granite

I find it amusing that anyone cares about half the stuff Ballmer says. Too many people are way too much concerned about Ballmer, MS, etc.

Me...I use what I want and don't worry about what I don't want.

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yammerpickle2

Ballmer the lame duck troll is at it again! This is the old cracked pot calling the new kettle on the block black. Google is no saint, but MS has a long and sullied history of active anti-competitive behavior. He is just spouting off to hide the fact that he has taken a tech giant, and turned it into a waning tech troll. MS should try and be the best MS they can be. They have and can continue to make a fortune that way. What they are really bad at is trying to copy Apple, or Google. Let Apple, and Google have their mobile and search. Dominate the desktop where content creation happens, and servers where all that cloud computing is going to happen.

Steve I’m so glad you are stepping down from MS, but can you please go quickly, and quietly, and not hang around spouting off like some loud obnoxious clown.

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fung0

"MS should try and be the best MS they can be.... What they are really bad at is trying to copy Apple, or Google."

YES. Very well said.

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Asterixx

The ironic thing about this being that the only reason Bing even has 18% of the market is that Microsoft uses its PC OS monopoly to get people to use IE, which of course uses Bing as the default search provider. If users had to take extra steps to set Bing as default as they do with Google, or to download IE the way they have to do with Chrome or Firefox, I bet Bing's share of the market would be much, much lower, probably low single digits.

This would probably be easy to prove, too - just look at how many Linux, Mac OS, Chrome OS, iOS and Android users (and even Blackberry OS, if anyone still uses that), or ANY OS in which IE is not the default, factory installed browser and Bing is not the default search provider actually uses either of those MS products...

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Vano

That's right, if yahoo had OS with their own browser, I bet they would be competitive as well.
Nothing wrong with putting anything they want into their own OS. Don't like it, find another OS.

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wolfing

Actually I like Bing better than Google at this moment. There was a time not long ago that if I had said that I would have followed it with a loud 'NOT!'. But it is true now. Lately, when I search in Google, like 50% or more of the screen is paid links. The first organic results shown I find more relevant in Bing than in Google. The gods know I'm not a MS lover specially after Windows 8, but I prefer Bing over Google.

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PCLinuxguy

It looks like Ballmer is enjoying his new troll status now that he's leaving. I'm glad he's stepping down. I think a job working the deep fryer at a fast food place is more his skillset.

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Obsidian

Google has a monopoly on search? How exactly? If Google search sucked, people wouldn't use it. Other than Android and Chrome it's not forced on anyone as the default. Even if it is, the search engine can be changed to Bing.

But only 18% of people like Bing. Make it better and more people will use it.

If a Linux distribution ends up better than Windows then people will use that too. But he's not complaining about THAT aspect of the business because Microsoft still enjoys a practical monopoly in that segment.

This guy is a sore looser and although I don't agree with comments like this blowing up so absurdly, in this case it reinforces the horrible corporate culture they have in Redmond. MS needs better public faces, improved customer input, and a billion dollar PR campaign to turn the perception of MS into something worth believing in.

Currently MS is the best at what they do in a few areas. Whining like this will not help maintain those verticals, and it certainly won't do much to advance in markets they can't figure out.

Isn't Balmer on his way out? I think they need to let him off at the next stop and pick up a better representative. Next they'll be moaning about Steam and Valve...

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Carlidan

Because Google does have an almost monopoly in the search and ad field. Most people do believe that. But are they doing anti competitive measures to keep it's statutes is the question.

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Renegade Knight

67% of Search is far short of monopoly. 90% of search with a bunch of competitors still isn't a monopoly.

Microsoft got a lot closer to Monopoly when they had 90% of the desktop market. Now they have closer to 80% of a shrinking market and not much at all of the mobile market.

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Carlidan

But you have to consider that the closest competitor is bing. And they barely getting 16% share. The rest are in single digits And google has 67 percent overall. Just because they are not in the 80 or 90 percent does mean it isn't a monopoly. When your closest competitor is still way way behind you to even compete against you.

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stradric

This is quite ironic. Microsoft's behavior over the last 5+ years has been that of a monopoly company forced to react to a new influx of competition. Ballmer's comments reek of sour grapes.

Sometimes I actually feel bad for Microsoft because they can't catch a break. But then Ballmer makes a comment like this and it's back to the gutter.

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vgrig

Hopefully google's PR will respond with simple "lol"

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AFDozerman

Ha ha ha. I can just imagine Google tomorrow having a linnk to this article with "lol" written below it down under the search bar.

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fdhealy

Mr Ballmer, If this is true that means that M$, the company that you run, has totally failed in providing customers what they want.

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HKUSPC40

I call BS Ballmer. If you wanna drop the "M" word you should look at Comcast.

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joe.lancer

Ballmer is the "I" word at the Village as in IDIOT.

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Thrill

Having a monopoly in a market isn't illegal. Abusing your monopoly to shut down competition and ensure that your products are given an unfair advantage is illegal.

Let's look at mobile:

Google now owns a mobile phone company, and yet licenses its mobile operating system to direct competitors to modify as they see fit for their own mobile devices.

On Android, Google software comes with the OS, but it is easily removed or replaced with software by another vendor--and Google purposely tried to make it *easier* to do so.

I don't think that Google is all sunshine and roses, but these days, the company whose behavior reminds me of Microsoft's shenanigans in the 1990s is Apple, not Google.

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CaptainFabulous

This is it in a nutshell. There is nothing inherently wrong with being a monopoly so long as the playing field is fair. Google takes no action against Bing or Yahoo or anyone else who attempts to enter the search and ad market. But Google is really good at what they do, so naturally they come out on top. Unlike Apple and Microsoft, who have long histories of anti-competitive behavior in attempting to keep their monopoly status.