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Microsoft organizes secret "screw Google" campaign

updated 04:50 pm EDT, Fri August 28, 2009

Screw Google campaign

Microsoft has allegedly organized an anti-Google campaign, referred to by several insiders as "screw Google" meetings, according to DailyFinance. The collaboration reportedly involves Microsoft and other companies that perceive the search giant as a threat. Third parties are also said to be involved, hired by the group to help discredit Google.

"Microsoft is at the center of a group of companies who see Google as a threat to them in some combination of business and policy," claims a source allegedly familiar with the matter, although choosing to remain anonymous. The companies are working together to "make Google like like the big high-tech bad guy here."

Another source claims that Law Media Group, a DC-based PR firm, has been "working full-time on Google-bashing." Microsoft has been spearheading the effort, in an attempt to "knock them off their game." The software giant is allegedly pursuing several angles involving regulatory, legal and litigation tactics.

Microsoft spokesperson Ginny Terzano denies the "screw Google" allegations, while admitting that the search company is a topic of discussion in a variety of meetings. "This is absurd. While Google is a healthy competitor, [Microsoft's chief DC lobbyist Fred Humphries] is focused on advancing policies that benefit our partners and consumers, and not running meetings of the type you describe," Terzano said. "Your sources are badly misinformed, and your information is wrong."

The rivalry between Google and Microsoft has continued to brew, particularly with the recent launch of the Bing search engine. Microsoft is said to have spent between $80 million and $100 million solely on the ad campaign, while Google holds a dominant position without millions spent on marketing. The companies also compete in the software arena, with the Web-based Google Docs apps offering many of the essential functions of Microsoft's Office suite.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sure is amazing when...

    the shoe is on the other foot!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not so secret now

    well since we just read about it, I guess it is no longer 'secret'.

  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969



    and its google that is "big high-tech bad guy "


  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They've just assured no bing for me. I especially like the "The collaboration reportedly involves Microsoft and other companies that perceive the search giant as a threat."


    Why would anyone join up with Microsoft for this when it is clear, from all of Microsoft's history, that they would wind up in the Google spot if there were no Google. No amount of "we promise to work with you all in the future..." can overcome the embrace, extend, exterminate mentality that is Microsoft's.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "This is absurd." That a spokesman for MS would say that is absurd. Their history speaks for itself. This is exactly the kind of things they do. Flying Meat is right, what the h*** are these companies that join up with them thinking about?

  1. MacScientist

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Before bashing Google ...

    ... Microsoft needs to ensure that Bing works.

    You can't bring down an elephant with a pop gun.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Microsoft didn't earn the moniker "Evil Empire" for nothing!

    Every time I hear someone wail on about how cool the Zune HD is, or how much better Windows 7 is, or that Bing is the fastest search, I simply shake my head is disagreement, knowing that...

    Everything Microsoft has ever earned or been lauded for was achieved by stealing, intimidation, deceit, infringement, copying or collusion....because otherwise, the product was a failure.

  1. Kym

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lazy, bankrupt Microsoft

    The MS dirty tricks department was exposed by the Justice Department a decade ago, but has never been disbanded. This has always been Microsoft's way, and their long-term flat share price shows how ineffective it has become.

    Lying, cheating, stealing no longer works when they are up against companies of the calibre of Google and Apple. Long may Ballmer's Microsoft wallow in its criminal ineptitude.

  1. whackjob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No Bing for me

    I'd just urge everyone not to go to Bing, to date I haven't and have no intentions of doing so.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft wants to

    crush any opponent that threatens to grow as big as they are. You can't exactly blame them. MS wants to stay top dog in the computing industry but things might be getting a little tough so now they want to branch out and take over something new. I think that having 90% world market share of such a huge computer industry should be enough, but I guess greed is never satisfied.

    Apple and Google should just gang up and go at Microsoft from both ends to break Microsoft's stranglehold over the computing industry. I have no problem of consumers choosing Windows over OSX but I hate the fact that an IT department can "choose" Windows for a corporation of tens of thousands of employees. There's something devious about that when so much leverage can be controlled by a few people.

    I've tried Bing, but I didn't find it to have better search results than Google so I just gravitated back to Google. I've just thorougly gotten used to Google over the years even though I do from time to time try other search engines.

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