Reuters is burning up the wires with this story:
Microsoft will introduce a search engine better than Google in six months in the United States and Britain followed by Europe, its European president said on Wednesday.
“What we’re saying is that in six months’ time we’ll be more relevant in the U.S. market place than Google,” said Neil Holloway, Microsoft president for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“The quality of our search and the relevance of our search from a solution perspective to the consumer will be more relevant,” he told the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit.
“Relevance” being “more relevant” sounds like a hard-to-quantify metric. From a “solution perspective.” One might have a higher regard for Mr. Holloway’s grasp of the situation if he had mentioned adCenter which does have a fighting chance to steal a march on Google.
On the other hand, since the story is from Europe, perhaps there was a translation difficulty. That certainly must be the case in this report that Forbes is carrying today – Gates Sees Google Honeymoon Ending:
Bill Gates has told Forbes Poland that Google’s honeymoon will go on for no more than two years.
OK, whatever; but then we are astounded to learn:
Gates said that Google has an excellent browser but said that Microsoft is working on something better. “You will see our response still this year,” he told Forbes Poland. Microsoft is underestimated as far as the browser is concerned.
I guess so if a “Google browser” rates higher.