[linux-elitists] Outlook corrupts

Marc MERLIN marc@merlins.org
Sun Jan 5 04:33:48 PST 2003


On Sat, Jan 04, 2003 at 09:13:09PM -0800, Larry M. Augustin wrote:
> > always better to come to market late with a better product.  Best to
> > market beats first to market.  Google search blew doors on yahoo
> > search, who was first to market and had huge market share.  As long as
> > they can keep the quality high, it looks like they will smoke yahoo in
> > other areas as well.
 
Just FYI, for those who didn't know, yahoo has been contracting its
search with google for a while now
Before that however, yahoo was trying to do a directory maintained by
hand (made up by humans). It was a higher quality search than most
engines (including google), but the results were very few, and as the
web grew, getting 3 good results on yahoo and 5000+ rather high quality
ones on google didn't work for yahoo anymore.
 
> and improving the product later.  They came out with a directory & portal
> product, and got blindsided by new technology that made the directory (and
> all other search engine technologies) obsolete.
 
Right.
 
> MS, on the other hand, knows that their first version is crap, but they use
> that first version to freeze out the competition and grab market share.
> Meanwhile, they invest heavily in the next releases.  They just keep
> throwing so much at the problem that eventually they get it to be good
> enough.  Meanwhile, they've made it a lot harder for the better, but later
> technology to even get off the ground.

Exactly true.

Marc
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