Microsoft has laid its cards on the table early in 2008 with its $1.2 billion cash acquisition of the Norwegian enterprise search player FAST. What does this say about Microsoft's intentions, and what implications might be in store for the content community?
With dominance over the IT industry and Internet at
stake, top executives at Google and Microsoft have been at each other's throats over the past several years. Google has attempted to take on Microsoft's dominance in productivity software by launching Google Docs; Microsoft, in turn, is developing Office Live Workspace and its own search, mapping and online advertising businesses. The proposal to take over Yahoo is its boldest move to date against Google.