Google CEO Larry Page feels Microsoft is “milking off” Google


In his keynote at Google’s 2013 I/O developer conference, Larry Page had a few words to say.

Page started off by commenting about how the tech industry shouldn’t be so negative because “being negative is not how we make progress”:

Every story I read about Google is us versus some other company or some stupid thing. Being negative is not how we make progress. The most important things are not zero sum. There is a lot of opportunity out there.

Page then proceeded to rip into Microsoft, talking about how Google has always pushed open standards and interoperability with other companies and services but Microsoft does not do the same:

I’ve personally been quite sad at the industry’s behavior around all these things. If you take something as simple as IM [instant messenger], we’ve had an open offer to interoperate forever. Just this week Microsoft took advantage of that by interoperating with us. This is really sad, and not the way to make progress. You can’t have people milking off of just one company for their own benefit.

The Web is not advancing as fast as it should be. Certainly, we struggle with companies like Microsoft. We would like to see more open standards and more people involved in those ecosystems. I wouldn’t grade the industry well with where we have gotten to.

When commenting about Microsoft “milking off” Google, Page is referring to how Microsoft has integrated Gtalk into but does not give Google the ability to integrate chat/contacts with Gmail.

Normally, I’d agree with Google… if it wasn’t for how Google just told Microsoft to take down the Windows Phone YouTube app.

[via CNET, image via Wired]

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  • Hooray!

    And apparently “do no evil – Google” is leaching off the UK Gov i.e., taxpayers. According to Guardian Newspaper “…Google and Amazon insist that sales from the UK are invoiced from other territories and any resulting profits should not be taxed in Britain, despite US bosses telling investors that they took sales from UK customers last year of £3.2bn and £4.2bn respectively. The latest published accounts for their most substantive UK companies showed tax paid in Britain of just £3.4m and £3.2m respectively…” And one of them actually received a Government grant valued higher then the tax they paid. Nuff said!

  • rizal

    [@Seamus McSeamus]

    It is easy, if you look at the chronological of event and it is clear to see that Microsoft is the one who cross the line and draw the first blood.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    It’s hard for me to take sides in these spats among gajillionaires. More often than not, they have done the same thing or something similar to what they are crying foul about.