"Google Drops A Nuclear Bomb On Microsoft. And It’s Made of Chrome."
The idiots in the press are at it again, cooking a sensation by blowing up an interesting tidbit of information way out of proportion.
Let me point out two obvious facts.
(1) The entire consumer market is rather small as a share of Microsoft revenue (10%?). The netbooks most likely represent less than 1% of the company's revenue stream. You cannot possibly call a "nuclear bomb" something that targets so little money.
(2) The smart phone market will always be much bigger than a netbook market. So if the "nuclear bomb" metaphor made any sense, Apple has dropped it years ago with iPhone.
Here's another stupid quote of the day:
'"One of Google's major goals is to take Microsoft out, to systematically destroy their hold on the market," said Mr Enderle.
"Google wants to eliminate Microsoft and it's a unique battle. The strategy is good. The big question is, will it work?"'
When I was at Google, the last thing people there were thinking about was Microsoft. I maybe have heard Microsoft mentioned a grand total of 10 times in my year plus there. What Googlers do care about is building cool things that attract attention and make customers come to their sites. THAT strategy clearly works. Destroying Microsoft - not so much (Netscape tried that approach).
My own take on this - thank you, Google! Windows 8/IE 9 will be better for your efforts. It often takes a competitor to persuade us that a segment of a market is important (unfortunate, but true). With this announcement Google did just that.