For years I've had to endure Microsoft-bashing. I call it bashing because for the past 8 years I've made a living off of the success of Microsoft and knocking Microsoft (or M$ as the affectionate abbreviation goes), meant you were knocking the entity that ultimate allowed me to get a pay check. But don't get me wrong, it's fun to bash large corporations, and I'll admit I've made an occasional M$ jab from time to time. Microsoft has done some cool stuff and some not so cool stuff. And, ironically, many of the sins they were accused of back in the day have been committed by many of their competitors since then. I guess it's the game of business.
I remember something Bill Gates said a few years ago when Microsoft was at its peak. And that was that at any given moment, Microsoft Corporation was 12 months away from going under. What he meant was that even a software giant like Microsoft could never stand still or the competition would eat it alive.
Well, I think Microsoft has met it's match: Google. It's no secret that Google has quietly become a huge player in the technology world. They are the standard search engine. I love many of their free services, including Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Reader. But I've always found it a bit odd that they offer so much stuff for free.
What exactly is G$ up too? Check this out.