The New York Times > Technology > At Last, a Microsoft Search Tool: "Currently Google, the largest search engine, indexes about 4 billion Web pages, 880 million images and 845 million Usenet messages. The service is used by almost 82 million people each month, according to Nielsen/NetRatings.
Microsoft has been pursuing a Web portal strategy with its MSN service with little success. And, like Yahoo, Microsoft has been attempting to muscle in on Google's strong revenue growth.
Google more than doubled its revenue and profit in its first quarter after its initial public offering, underscoring how rapidly the market for online advertising has been swelling.
'I think Microsoft is a couple of years from doing anything serious, but it's a reminder that the big bad evil beast is out there,' said John Tinker, an analyst who covers Google for ThinkEquity Partners, a small investment bank in San Francisco."