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Thursday, November 3, 2005

Gates Disses Google, Says They Release "Me Too" Products

According to, Bill Gates on Google said:

“Which Google products are you talking about? Seriously? Other than search, which are you talking about? Google Talk? Wow. A total “me too” product. Even Gmail – what is the unique thing? (...)

We need to surprise people and do a search that is way better than Google, and we are very on top of that. The idea of development tools, a natural interface, productivity software – Google is not in any of those categories. People are acting as if they will magically be in these other categories with something more than a “me too” offering. It is kind of fun that people underestimate what we are going to do here.”

Bill adds:

“Just as Word competed with WordPerfect and Excel with Lotus 1-2-3, we have had some fantastic competitors. IBM said it would put us out of business with OS/2 – what were they, 10 times our size? I hope someone has kept a copy of that for the museum.”

[Original image courtesy of Microsoft Corporation.]


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