SEATTLE (AP) - Not too long ago, Google Inc. seemed little more than a pesky insect to Microsoft Corp. 800-pound gorilla. No more.
(Nov 21, 1:15 PM (ET) By ALLISON LINN) As Google rapidly rolls out new products, the company best known for its wildly popular search engine is muscling into the software giant's turf, including its stronghold: the computer desktop. Analysts say Google's aggressive ambitions could pose a formidable threat to Microsoft because it gets to the heart of what drives Microsoft's dominance: its control of the user experience through the Windows operating system. If successful, Google could help refashion computing, making people less reliant on storing information on the Microsoft-powered PC on their desk and more dependent on free Web-based e-mail and search functions that can be accessed anywhere from any device regardless of the operating system. ...computer buyers may one day decide that they no longer even need a Microsoft operating system. The two companies are already battling it out on fronts including Web search, free e-mail and better ways for searching individual computers...
The only easy day was yesterday.
...some do, some don't; some will, some won't (WR)