Microsoft has been busy these past few weeks..
Microsoft’s quiet search engine ”Bing”, punched Google in the face with a measured success rate of 81.54% in January vs. Googles lousy 65.68% (via Hitwise).
You’re probably thinking what I’m thinking, “When did THIS happen?” Well, I don’t know when Bing began to assemble such great search results (although Tom might), since I don’t think I’ve touched the engine (John has used it three times). I might have to give it a spin, now.
Meanwhile, back to a browser we’ve all grow to hate, Internet Explorer 9 “is performing strongly, with Microsoft determined to make it the most standards-compliant web browser, especially for the new HTML5 web scripting language” (via ghacks). What!?! Could IE lead the way with HTML5? Only time will tell.
Right when we thought Windows mobile was out of the game, Nokia announces “that it is to adopt Windows Phone 7 as its primary mobile operating system” (via TNW). I’m anxious to see what this pair brings to the smartphone table, since Nokia has been given exclusive rights to adapt the OS to “contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies” (via TNW).
All this talk about Microsoft and not a word about Windows 7? Newsweek called Windows 7 a “smash hit” and:
Windows 7, the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, is the hottest-selling product in the company’s 35-year history.
Is is really that good? Oh, it’s good. More importantly, it’s light-years better than it’s predecessor.
Does this mean Microsoft is on the rise?
Yes, but their not winning.
The “cold war” is over. The classic tech match-up of Apple vs. Microsoft is fading away.
With more devices then ever (desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone), and Google on the verge of getting it’s fingers in everything (Chrome OS, Honeycomb, Andriod, growing web tools & app library), the two party system is fading into the horizon and the heat of competition is on the rise.