Thursday, July 30, 2009

Yahoo! and Microsoft

Yesterday, Microsoft released GPL code, and we now know that there was nothing altruistic in that. Today, they ally with Yahoo! What now?

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Search on the web is a wicked problem, so one typical methodology is to build multiple attempts of solution to the problem and let them evolve, compare... That was the case with multiple search engines.
Now we will have only two major ones: Google and Microsoft. I don't know if I should rejoice because the evolution has come to an end, or if I should cry because monopoly problems get in the way of solving the websearch problem.

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Anyway, if Yahoo! ditch BSDs to favor Redmond technologies, they get onto my list of companies to avoid as much as possible.