Saturday, November 12, 2005

WinInfo Short Takes: Week of November 14: Why not Yahoo?

WinInfo Short Takes: Week of November 14: Why not Yahoo? : "A friend of mine had an interesting observation about Microsoft's tunnel vision regarding Google: Why not Yahoo? He noted that Yahoo Mail is vastly superior to that of Google's GMail, so much so that he pays for the more full-featured Plus version (as I do). He recently switched from Napster to Yahoo! Music Unlimited because the price was cheaper and the quality was better, not to mention the fact that the player is about 100 times more refined. So rather than help Google generate billions of dollars a year in a bizarre Web advertising scheme, he's deciding to pay Yahoo himself for services he values. I have to wonder if Google would ever make money if it charged for its sub-standard, ever-in-beta products and services. Aside from the sheer ubiquity of its base search engine, much of what Google does feels exploratory, temporary and primitive. Maybe the future isn't so clear after all."

Indeed.
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