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  • Microsoft reboots

    After the Vista debacle, Microsoft changed the way it makes software. The result – Windows 7 – is winning raves. Can a new operating system (and a new attitude) help the company take on Google?

    With Microsoft's founder and chairman, Bill Gates, trotting the globe in a quest to abolish diseases, his handpicked successor, CEO Steve Ballmer, has had most of a decade to move the company beyond its two MORE

    - Oct 13, 2009 6:00 AM ET
  • Carol Bartz is friggin' interesting

    The Yahoo CEO offers candid views on life post-retirement -- and dealing with activist shareholders

    At Fortune's Most Powerful Women conference in Carlsbad, Calif., Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz didn't talk much tech but didn't disappoint.

    In characteristically blunt language that was peppered with not-quite-explicit words like "friggin' " and "damn" (she declined to talk about the way she talks, telling interviewer Andy Serwer: "I don't think it's that interesting, personally") Bartz MORE

    - Sep 15, 2009 6:22 PM ET
  • Microsoft's $2 billion online problem

    Even with Yahoo deal Microsoft will continue to struggle -- and lose money -- online.

    The anti-climactic deal of the year is now out.  Long after the sizzle faded from Microsoft's (MSFT) failed $40-billion-plus bid for  Yahoo (YHOO), the two companies announced Wednesday they'll do what sympathetic observers urged them to do two years ago. They'll stop competing on search and search-advertising technology, enabling them to combine forces against Google. MORE

    - Jul 30, 2009 10:34 AM ET
  • Why Microsoft and Yahoo had to do a deal

    As messy as their hard-fought search deal was in coming, it had to happen.  Find out why in Pattie Sellers' Postcards column.

    - Jul 29, 2009 11:06 AM ET
  • Kosmix searches for a new way around Google

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    These days, getting a large handout from venture capitalists is rare. It's even tougher when your startup needs a lot of cash to compete with Google.

    Kosmix, however, has defied the odds. In late October, the plucky startup raised $20 million, led by Fortune's parent company Time Warner (TWX), by assuring investors that Google is not the only way to search on the Web. Kosmix says it takes a MORE

    - Dec 9, 2008 2:12 PM ET
  • Microsoft's frequent searcher program

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    How desperate is Microsoft to compete with Google in search? The software behemoth is now giving away prizes every time you use its Live Search engine.

    Microsoft (MSFT) launched the rewards promotion called SearchPerks on Wednesday to lure Internet users away from Google. SearchPerks, which runs through April 15, is similar to airlines' frequent flyer programs. Every time you use Live Search you earn points that can be redeemed MORE

    - Oct 1, 2008 3:01 AM ET
  • Microsoft sweetens pay-to-search deal

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    It's been four months since Microsoft introduced its cashback rebate scheme that pays people to use its Internet search service. But Microsoft continues to fall behind Google in search.

    On Wednesday, Microsoft (MSFT) plans to unveil a new rewards program to get more consumers searching on the company's Live Search engine. While a company spokesperson would not discuss details of the latest rewards gimmick, a Microsoft executive says the MORE

    - Sep 29, 2008 11:44 PM ET
  • Microsoft sweetens its pay-to-search deal

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    It's been four months since Microsoft introduced its cashback rebate scheme that pays people to use its Internet search service. But Microsoft continues to fall behind Google in search.

    On Wednesday, Microsoft (MSFT) plans to unveil a new rewards program to get more consumers searching on the company's Live Search engine. While a company spokesperson would not discuss details of the latest rewards gimmick, a Microsoft executive says the MORE

    - Sep 24, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Google's new search feature

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    This week Google began rolling out its latest search feature, Google Suggest on its homepage. The new tool, which offers suggestions when you begin typing into the blank search box, was launched to help people who have difficulty defining their queries or are bad spellers.

    Google Suggest is supposed to make searching more convenient. Say you're looking for videos of Michael Phelps's 100 meter butterfly race. The more keywords MORE

    - Aug 28, 2008 11:39 AM ET
  • Cuil not a Google killer - yet

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    Within hours of being launched Monday, Cuil - a new search engine created by former top Google engineers - was already being touted in the blogosphere as the next Google killer. But unless Cuil (pronounced 'cool') can develop an ad platform to rival Google's, the startup will have a difficult time challenging the search giant.

    The comparisons to Google (GOOG) were inevitable. Cuil was founded by several lead engineers MORE

    - Jul 28, 2008 10:15 PM ET
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