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August 29, 2006
Wait, Now It's Google + Apple. Or Is It?
Lots of speculation about what it means that Google CEO Eric Schmidt is joining Apple's board. Marshall at TechCrunch muses that Google's just-announced online office suite on Apple computers might pose a potent threat to Microsoft. (Mmm... maybe. Wonder if Microsoft will need to buy some new furniture again.) Om thinks everyone with digital media ambitions, not just Microsoft, should be worried. (More likely.) Me, I'm not so sure those two famously secretive and private companies will so easily share their talents. Battle lines are getting drawn as a new world of digital media emerges, but only in chalk. Lots more maneuvering to come.
Apple Computer, Google, Microsoft, digital media
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Tracked on August 29, 2006 09:29 PM
I agree completely. Eric Schmidt is a great choice for a board seat at Apple, but I wouldn't jump to conclusions about where that might lead each company.
Several months ago there was a big joint press conference between Google and Sun Microsystems. Eric Schmidt was formerly CTO of Sun so the speculation was that they would cooperate on several levels, perhaps releasing a special version of StarOffice to compete with Microsoft. The speculation was wrong and the press conference was basically a non-event.
Strategic alliances, board seats, and press releases make for good stories, but business is driven by real customer demand for products and services. Years ago when I worked in business development we called these things "Barney Agreements". You know..."I love you, You love me, ..."
It is fun to speculate but I don't see much changing here.
Posted by: Don Dodge at August 30, 2006 08:39 AM