Gates and Google ready for battle
Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, described Google in an interview late last year as a worthy adversary, a company to test Microsoft's mettle. "This is hypercompetition, make no mistake," Gates said.
The rivalry between the companies is growing more combative, and with good reason: The outcome is likely to shape the future of competition in computing and the way people use information technology.
A measure of how seriously Microsoft takes the challenge came Thursday when it announced that its spending would rise sharply next year, about $2 billion higher than previous estimates. Much of the extra money, analysts say, will go to meet the threat from companies offering advertising- supported Internet services and software, led by Google. Gates and Google ready for battle - Microsoft search engines Internet Explorer 7.0 - Technology - International Herald Tribune
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