September 19, 2004

Google, Microsoft and "Evil"

Google vs. Evil

In the fall of 1998, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, unleashed Google upon us. Google grew like so many other search engines, but now it's facing problems. Most major companies have a detailed code of conduct. Google's is three words: 'Don't Be Evil,' present the information without making it look all bright and flashy. Don't allow pop-ups ads that don't pertain to the page. However, the prospect of being evil, is now beginning to interfere with the growth of Google. In the midst of growth , these questions have arose, that the data-retrieval system can't easily answer. "Should Google refuse to link users to "hate"sites?" "Should Google fight the Church of Scientology's attemps to silence critics?" Google has always adhered to is 'Do good by users.' Now, the problem arises. Does Google do what's good for users or what's good for Google?

Google has had several legal issues pertaining to links that Google has yanked from their site. Now, Google needs to decide whether it's more important to keep customers happy by sticking to their principles or do they give up what they believe in and allow things to remain on the site that goes against what they feel is evil or discriminatory.

Microsoft vs. Evil

Microsoft has been getting into a ton of legal problems, lately. Legal problems that have been costing the company millions of dollars not to mention the near irreparable damage it is causing Microsoft in terms of users and sponsors.

One of the major battles Microsoft has fought was in 98-99. This fight was over Microsoft purposely denying consumer choice. During the trial of this case, a government lawyer explained "that Microsoft required its Internet service provider partners to hawk Internet Explorer almost exclusively--and not tell their subscribers about Netscape products."

Another lawsuit is that of Compaq questioning Microsoft Monopoly. Compaq, a top computer maker, was found worrying about Microsoft's "improper use of a monoply position" Now, Microsoft and Compaq are said to have a close working relationship. This statement from Compaq came right after Microsoft was charged with using their monopoly power to compete unfairly with Netscape.

In 1993, Compaq prepared slides for a meeting in which they specualted on what Microsoft might do if Compaq decided to use software from another company, Go Corp., for their hand-held devices. Compaq stated "potential reactions" by Microsoft. Among these reactions were, "sabotage our efforts" by using Wondows 95 to break some of Compaq's software. They also feared that Microsoft would withhold information on Windows 95,1283,17996,00.html,1551,60998,00.html,1283,17852,00.html

Posted by MelissaLutz at September 19, 2004 08:28 AM

Hey Melissa, just wanted to let you know that I linked to your blog entry.

Good job on the presentation!

Posted by: ChrisU at September 26, 2004 01:32 AM

Ugh, try this link. Should work better...

Posted by: ChrisU at September 26, 2004 01:34 AM

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At least I know that I have something in common with you... WE LOVE BLOGGING & ANDY RODDICK!!

Posted by: Firefighter Chica at September 26, 2004 09:04 PM

Microsoft had to do something since Netscape was doing something that they couldn't. Making the browser integrated was something inevitable.

Now, the subject of evil has come up with causing a monopoly, but anyone can buy a Macintosh. Anyone can build a computer themselves and learn Linux. It may be harder, but the option is still there.

To quote from your quote, "that Microsoft required its Internet service provider partners to hawk Internet Explorer almost exclusively--and not tell their subscribers about Netscape products."

I find that line funny, because why would a company promote thier competitors? Conversely, if something is integrated with the system, then why plug it when the customer is going to get it anyways?

The only major threat with Windows is security. Since windows is the most used OS, it leaves itself more open to hackers and viruses. Being the most popular kid on the block doesn't mean there isn't some other kids planning your demise. And if anything, the controversy would garner more interest in Netscape, but as we've seen, Netscape got swallowed by AOL, and the remaining few members of the original Mozilla team went on to work on Firefox, which is becoming more noticed every day as a superior browser than IE ever will be, to the point where many companies are advising using Firefox to prevent the major security risks that IE leaves open to even the most secure networks.

Posted by: Tim Traini at October 15, 2004 03:30 AM

I can't believe it, my co-worker just bought a car for $34355. Isn't that crazy!

Posted by: Betsy Markum at April 8, 2006 06:10 PM
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