Posts Tagged ‘microsoft’

Bing keeps growing – Google’s search at 65% in August 2011, down from 72% one year ago

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Bing was up to 29% market share in August 2011, according to Experian, with Google at 65%.  Google had 72% search market share in August 2010.

Computer World — Memo to Microsoft: Avoid Yahoo like the plague

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Computer World:

The Associated Press reports that there’s renewed speculation that a Microsoft-Yahoo deal may be in the offing because Yahoo’s CFO  said the company is “not opposed” to selling its search business. He added, though, that it would be tough to sell just the search business — clearly, he’d like to sell the whole thing.

Ballmer previously this week said that Microsoft is still interested in talking with Yahoo.

Microsoft should stay away. It’s this simple: Microsoft will never catch Google when it comes to search. It shouldn’t spend billions of dollars trying.

Instead, Microsoft should focus on where it’s stronger than Google, in the application business. It should create online versions of its applications such as Office, and fight Google there. Microsoft also has many very good online applications that few people have heard about, such as Live Mesh and Live Sync. It should pump money into them as well.

Microsoft on over-paid severance package: ‘Just kidding; keep the money’

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

ComputerWorld:

Microsoft Corp. will let about two dozen laid-off workers who were overpaid severance keep the money, the company’s head of human resources said Monday afternoon. The decision was a quick turn-about for the company, which last week sent letters to some of the 1,400 employees who were laid off in late January, asking them to return some of their severance because of an “administrative error.”

Most of the overpayments were in the $4,000 to $5,000 range … Microsoft overpaid between $100,000 and $125,000. An additional 20 former employees were initially underpaid, but have since been paid what they were owed.more

Bobbie Johnson adds:

Microsoft said that it had mishandled the affair and would no longer be chasing repayment … The gaffe came after 1,400 workers were given their marching orders in January – the first major job cuts in Microsoft’s long history, and part of the software titan’s plan to reduce its staffing levels by 5,000 posts next year. Most employees affected were given a 12-week severance package as part of the deal.

However, news that the company was asking for the excess cash to be returned spread across the internet last weekend, after one letter demanding repayment was published online.