The New York Times > Business > Your Money > Techno Files: At I.B.M., That Google Thing Is So Yesterday: "Suddenly, the computer world is interesting again. The last three months of 2004 brought more innovation, faster, than users have seen in years. The recent flow of products and services differs from those of previous hotly competitive eras in two ways. The most attractive offerings are free, and they are concentrated in the newly sexy field of 'search.'"
Interesting and timely snapshot of the search segment from James Fallows.