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Live Search Drops 9% In September

ComScore’s search engine market share numbers for September reveal a pretty bad month for Microsoft’s Windows Live Search, as their slice of the pie shrunk about nine percent, lowering from 11.3% to 10.3%. Sadly, that’s exactly the level Live Search commanded in May, before the Live Search Club gains, which means Microsoft has lost the entire new audience as the promotion waned and not managed to retain any significant number.

Meanwhile, Google and Yahoo shifted about half a point higher each, and AOL traded 2/10 of a percentage point to Check out the Hitwise numbers at InsideGoogle, which are a tiny drop better.

October 23rd, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Live, Yahoo, Google, Windows, Search | 2 comments

Live Photo Gallery Gets Flickr Uploading

The latest update to Windows Live Photo Gallery gives the photo management software a new “Publish on Flickr” capability. Just select a photo, click the Publish button, then select More Services > Publish on Flickr and you’ll be given a dialog where you can authorize Gallery to upload photos to your Flickr account with a simple click. Being able to crop, color correct, tag and otherwise manipulate your photos, then immediately upload that to Flickr, all in the same program, is a great solution.

Now we just need the Photo Gallery team to really open the software up to plugins and APIs, so we can use alternative photo storage sites. I’d really love some Zooomr integration.

October 23rd, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Live, Yahoo, Windows | no comments

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Fox/Yahoo #1 In ComScore Figures, Microsoft Stable

ComScore’s latest numbers on the top websites in the United States are out, and Fox Interactive’s websites, including MySpace, still hold the top spot in pageviews, while Yahoo’s sites rule in unique visitors. Microsoft rose to #3 in pageviews, beating Google thanks to larger gains in August, while holding almost completely still with its #2 ranking in unique visitors.

September 17th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Yahoo, Google | no comments

Microsoft, Yahoo To Reveal Data Retention Policies

The Financial Times is reporting that Microsoft and Yahoo plan to publicly reveal the data retention policies for their search engines, including concessions to European government concerns about how they treat the privacy of their users. The Article 29 Working Party, a European Commission group tasked with giving advice on privacy protectionof individuals, has been pushing Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to define and improve their privacy policies.

Google has recently clarified its privacy policies, under pressure from the Working Party, and has agreed to keep search data for no longer than 18 months. It has also agreed to shorten the life of “cookies” – identifier programmes it attaches to individuals’ computers – from 30 years to two.

So far, however, neither Yahoo nor Microsoft has specified any time limits on the data that they hold on users.

They say data are kept for as long as is commercially useful, which means, in practice, some data is stored indefinitely.

They are now expected to announce changes to their policies “within weeks” and to give clear guidance on how long data will be kept.

“We are talking to customers, to the industry and government officials about this, and intend to provide an update in the near future which will more directly give the time frame,” said Brendon Lynch, privacy expert at Microsoft.

July 10th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Corporate, Live, Yahoo, Google, Windows, Search | no comments

FTC Probing Microsoft and Yahoo Acquisitions

The Federal Trade Commission is running a probe of Microsoft’s six billion dollar purchase of online ad company aQuantive, saying it is part of the normal regulatory process. They are also investigating Yahoo’s $680 million deal for Right Media, and have already been investigating Google’s DoubleClick deal, all of which makes sense. After all, with numbers that high, you expect them to at least take a look and make sure the market is being protected.

Late last month, the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) sent a joint letter to the FTC and the U.S. Department of Justice requesting that these types of deals be investigated.

It’s strange how all of a sudden mega-billion dollar deals are happening; there’s a reason for it, all starting with the DoubleClick negotiations, but it’s worrying the rest of the ad industry. In some industries, there’s massive consolidation over a number of years, changing an open industry into a clash of the titans, with little room for smaller players. Witness what happened with almost every content industry.

The ad agencies, of which there are tons, are worried that Microsoft, Yahoo and Google, and anyone else who wants a big chunk of the online ad market, will eventually buy a big regular ad agency, starting a tidal wave of acquisitions, mergers and consolidation that changes the entire industry and compresses it in a way nobody wants.

June 21st, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Advertising, Yahoo, Google, Law | no comments

Yahoo Realizing Email Innovation Is Hard

Yahoo has learned a lesson Microsoft picked up during the Windows Live Mail/Hotmail beta, that the less experienced users who make up the brunt of their free email services are hard to innovate for. Yahoo announced late last week it was rolling into the new Yahoo Mail some features it had dropped from the old Mail. The most obvious one: the return of checkboxes.

Yahoo had dropped the checkbox normally placed next ot every email message, just like Microsoft did, replacing it with the more desktop-like metaphor of holding down CTRL and clicking to select multiple messages, and CTRL+A to select all. Based on user feedback, they found out that users were confused and unfamiliar with the new system, and just plain didn’t like it.

When you’ve got a userbase that isn’t as technically inclined as many users of longstanding free email services are, you wind up with a resistance to change. Microsoft made a number of changes to Windows Live Hotmail to accomodate these users (too many, you ask me), in order to assure the new mail client would be well-received.

There’s another to consider: Just because Windows has a feature, doesn’t mean people use it. Almost every casual user I’ve ever met has no idea that holding down CTRL lets you select multiple files. And myself? Even though I’d been using CTRL-click forever, when Windows Vista turned out to have a feature adding in checkboxes for files, I turned it on and never looked back.

CTRL-click is annoying! Holding down one stupid key with my left pinky while clicking, knowing that letting go of that key will screw me up, it just isn’t worth it. Checkboxes are the way to go, and the more applications that use them, the better.

June 7th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Live, Hotmail, Yahoo, Windows | no comments

Yahoo CEO Terry Semel To Speak At Microsoft Advertising Summit To Discuss “New Network”

Hoo boy, this one’s got me wondering. On Wednesday at 11:33, Yahoo Chairman and CEO Terry Semel will keynote Microsoft’s Eight Annual Strategic Account Summit, an advertising schmooze-fest held over the next few days in Seattle. At 11:45, he will be joined onstage by MSN Corporate Vice President and Chief Media Officer Joanne Bradford a session called “The New Network”, followed by a Q&A.

Now, The New Network could just be the topic of discussion, with the two talking about the way the internet and advertising are changing. Or, it could be referring to a joint Yahoo/Microsoft network that will better help the two companies compete against Google. Exciting? Definitely possible. Or it could be nothing. You know I won’t relax until I find out.
(via Mary Jo Foley > Biz of Coding and John Battelle)

May 7th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Corporate, Yahoo | no comments

Microsoft And Yahoo In Merger Talks

Peter Lauria and Zachery Kouwe at the New York Post have the exclusive report today that Microsoft and Yahoo have picked up merger talks. According to the article, the loss of DoubleClick to Google has forced the two companies to consider alternate means of combating the giant that is Google. As one source says, “they are desperate and need to do something big.” Reportedly, Microsoft is working with Goldman Sachs on the financial terms of the deal, so it is more than just a rumor.

While Microsoft and Yahoo have had no luck in stopping Google’s search dominance, they each have pieces of an internet puzzle that are extremely popular. Their instant messaging services, email, and portals are far more popular than Google’s, and while Microsoft has Windows Live Spaces, the most popular blogging platform in the world, Yahoo has Yahoo Answers and Flickr, both the most popular in their spaces. And those are just the most obvious examples.

The big obstacle to a merger would be the actual merging of the companies and websites. Both have invested a lot of money and technology in their search engines and mail platforms, and neither would want to waste all that effort. In fact, neither search engine or mail system is bad, just that having two of them in a merged company is a difficult prospect. Corporate cultures are different, as are marketing styles, web design styles, and not to forget the thousands of redundant employees who’d have their jobs threatened.

No, the most logical course of action would be to only merge the advertising divisions of both companies. If both companies fully merged, then they should continue with the products they already have, because merging them would likely only decrease market share. Instead, they should leverage their enormous web traffic (easilly most on the net, more than double what Google enjoys) to dominate the advertising market and suffocate Google.

An even better merger would be one not of companies, but of ad divisions. This would cost far less than the $50 billion being talked about for Yahoo, and in fact could be a free mutual joining for financial gain. Yahoo’s Panama system is being talked about as the second coming, and Microsoft’s AdCenter, while showing excellent promise, is not making advertisers happy. Putting Panama over all of Yahoo’s and Microsoft’s properties (and maybe getting Microsoft’s coders to scale it up, since Yahoo’s are way too slow) would create an ad network that could take on Google, without causing problems regarding redundant products.


Google stock is down $1.87, up after an early drop of about five dollars. Yahoo stock is up 15%(!) on extremely high volume. Microsoft stock is down 1.87% on average trading.

May 4th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Yahoo, General | 3 comments

Microsoft Search Share Rising

The latest comScore data is out, and Microsoft Windows Live Search saw its market share rise 0.4%, the biggest gain of any search engine. Google gained 0.2%, with only Yahoo losing to pretty much everybody.

U.S. Search Market Share
March ‘07 Feb. ‘07
Google 48.3% 48.1%
Yahoo 27.5% 28.1%
Microsoft (MSN) 10.9% 10.5% 5.2% 5.0%
AOL 5.0% 4.9%

It ain’t much, but it isn’t the only gain Microsoft has had in the last few months. With Google flying so high, gains in the search market aren’t easy, so the fact that they are showing anything means Microsoft actually has a shot in this thing. Avoiding losing now is the first step, and without it there wouldn’t be any way to win later.

April 19th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Yahoo, Live, Google, Windows, Search, General | no comments

Microsoft Doing Digg-Like Site

Microsoft has been running in beta in some foreign markets a website called MSN Reporter that copies many features from the popular Digg website. On MSN Reporter, users share and rate news, rating them up or down with giant “Kicken!” and “Dumpen!” buttons (translated as “Kick it” and “Dump it”). Currently the site is only available in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Norway, replacing the link to News on that in the U.S. points to MSNBC.

Perhaps Microsoft, seeing that the whole MSNBC thing didn’t work out, and that they are barely anymore involved with that network, are developing a new social news site to replace their link to Either way, they are only one of many companies using the Digg concept, including Yahoo, who is using a Digg clone to power a user suggestion website. In Yahoo’s case a Digg clone wouldn’t have even been necessary if Digg had provided an API, something sorely missing from that site.

Oh, and apparently it’s pretty easy to spam.

Lots of other stuff:

The Windows Live Maps Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget is now available for download. Go read my review from two weeks ago.

Other Gadgets: The Gadget Guy site has released their own Gadget, a full-featured, well-designed and customizable one. Definitely worth checking out. Universal Music has released a Windows Media Player Gadget that controls your player and brings music news, upcoming events, and music videos.

Microsoft picked up analyst Michael Gartenberg as an Enthusiast Evangelist. Michael’s such a brilliant and multi-talented guy, only good things are expected.

Somebody wrote a Bittorrent client for Windows Vista Media Center. It uses a Wish List, so you can specify a movie, and when it becomes available, it gets downloaded. There’s also a Sidebar Gadget that lets you schedule recordings for Media Center, as well as browse the Program Guide, even from a different computer.

The winner of the Vanishing Point game was revealed as William Temple of Sacramento, California. William gets all this:

The grand prize package includes a Windows Vista-based, AMD-powered Dell desktop PC; a 24-inch widescreen monitor; a Zune™ digital media player; an Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system; three Games for Windows® game titles; a Microsoft® LifeCam VX-6000 webcam; Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007; and $50,000 cash.

Plus, the real big prize: a trip into space via Rocketplane XP. Solving all those puzzles and watching those weird videos will sent this guy 330,000 miles up above the Earth.

Neowin has some screenshots of Beta 2 of Windows Home Server.

Some reversals at Windows Live: Windows Live Shopping is renamed back to MSN Shopping, and Windows Live Wifi is now MSN Wifi Center and the MSN Wifi Hotspot Locator. It’s not so much a lack of confidence in Windows Live, as it is Microsoft correcting some overbranding of Windows Live. Some things should have stayed MSN, and they’re fixing that. It seems like they’re making some big decisions regarding Windows Live, and I’m just hoping this means there’s more of a level head on branding.

February 20th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Server, Home Server, Maps, Sidebar, Live, Vista, MSN, Windows, Yahoo, Corporate, General | no comments

Yahoo Adds Search Gadget For Vista


Yahoo has released a Sidebar Gadget for Windows Vista. The Gadget lets you search the web, as well as several other Yahoo search engines (Shopping, Answers, Local, Images, Video, Audio, Directory, Jobs, and News), and comes in five colors (transparent Aero Glass, purple, blue, and pink).

Comparison search Gadgets

In the second screenshot right above this paragraph, you can see the Gadget along with the independent Google and search Gadgets I run on my desktop. While the Yahoo Gadget opens search results in your current browser windows (not even a new one), those Gadgets use an inline window that belongs to the Gadget. Not only is it visually cooler, it’s far more useful, running the search straight in the Gadget. Who knows, maybe Yahoo will add that feature eventually.
(via LiveSide)

February 9th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Sidebar, Vista, Yahoo, Windows, General | no comments

Microsoft CES 2007: The Day After

Well, now that everyone’s Bill Gates keynote hangover is winding down, lets wrap up everything we’ve learned.

First, the announcements:

  • Windows Home Server - Coming by the middle of this year, a simple box that sits at the center of your home, acting as central storage for your media and backing up all your computers, as well as enabling remote access to media and networked computers.
  • IPTV on Xbox 360 - Coming late 2007, TV over the internet to your Xbox, via various service provider partners on Microsoft’s IPTV protocol.
  • Windows Vista Ultimate Extras - Two announced, the motion desktop (called Dream Scene) and Group Shot.
  • Windows Vista Media Center SportsLounge - Integration of sports watching features in Media Center, including a FOX Sports stats panel while watching games and fantasy sports tracking features.
  • First uses of Live Anywhere, including Xbox Live social features on the PC, Xbox Live Marketplace games on the PC, and games you can play on the PC versus Xbox users.

It is always tough waiting for products to come out, especially waiting about 8-10 months for IPTV on the Xbox 360. The good news is that at least Home Server will be here by early summer, and even if manufacturers design horribly expensive systems, the system builder channel guarantees you can buy a “grey market” copy of the Home Server operating system and build a more than decent Home Server out of a five-year old Windows XP PC and some big hard drives.

On10 has videos of many of the announced products, including Windows Home Server, Vista Ultimate Extras, Xbox 360 IPTV

Here’s Microsoft’s press release rundown.

Paul Thurrott has a preview of Home Server, revealing that it is indeed based on Windows Server 2003 R2, and that hard drives can be removed from the Home Server and the data will be readable by other PCs (not including the backups). He reveals that remote access will be through Windows Live, and some info on remote access of home PCs. He notes that Macs can access the Home Server easilly and use it for their backups as well. He notes the specs of HP’s announced Home Server:

HP will demonstrate a tiny home server at CES that features a sleek micro-tower design, four externally accessible, hot-swappable SATA hard drive bays, and 4 USB 2.0 ports. It utilizes a low-end 64-bit AMD Sempron processor running at 1.8 GHz and features 512 MB of RAM. You can connect a printer and share it out to other systems on your network.

He also has screenshots of the software. Well, if he can share his screenshots, so can I!

1 - system tray

2 - passwords sync

3 - user accounts

4 - shared folders

5 - backup details

6 - restore wizard

7 - remove hard drive

8 - home network healt

9 - shared folder settings

10 - general settings

11 - computer and backup settings

Ina Fried has an interview with Bill Gates regarding Home Server. Gates says its important that you don’t need a server administrator and that the price be low enough, under $1000. I’m thinking $500 is the sweet spot, and that any manufacturer that overloads it with hard drives is never going to sell the box (let the users supply the storage based on their own budget).

Charlie Kindel ran this photo of a super low profile Home Server:

Much better than the monstrosity HP is showing off, that will likely cost too much and depress the market.

LiveSide has the news that Home Server internet access will be through a free Windows Live service. Brandon LeBlanc found a fact sheet on Home Server at with interesting info, including hardware partners.

Turns out StarDock, the folks behind WindowBlinds and other Windows mods, were heavily involved in the work on DreamScene, which allows for animated desktop wallpaper. will be the official repository of DreamScene content, going live when Vista hits stores. They’re even extending it with DeskScapes, which allows the wallpaper to change based on events, like the time of the day causing the sun to rise and set on the wallpaper.

TweakVista ran these two Soapbox videos of DreamScene:

Video: Windows Vista Ultimate Extra: DreamScene (Motion Desktop)

Video: Windows Vista Ultimate Extras: DreamScene 2

The new Windows Ultimate Extras website has gone live, and it officially confirms the Texas Hold ‘Em game for Vista:

Joystiq shows off video of Xbox 360’s IPTV.

Apparently, Halo 2 will not connect through Live PC players and Xbox 360 players, no matter how confusing the language in the keynote.

Other announcements:

Yahoo is showing off a new version of Yahoo! Messenger that is designed for Windows Vista, using the Windows Presentation Foundation to improve the look and scalability of the user interface. Take a look at this screenshot, via this blog:

yahoo wpf messenger

UPDATE - I’ve written more about Yahoo’s Messenger at InsideGoogle, including linking to a video of it in action.

Engadget spotted what might be Dell’s Bluetooth-powered Sideshow player.

HP revealed an HDTV with Media Center Extender built right into it.

January 8th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Live, Xbox Live, Server, Home Server, Vista, Xbox 360, Windows, Yahoo, Media Center, Xbox, General | 3 comments

Microsoft Lost 23 Million Searches Last Month

Blogging Stocks lists Nielsen/NetRatings market share numbers for the top five search engines over the last two months, and they show a slight drop for Microsoft. Take a look:


As you can see, Microsoft dropped slightly, losing 23.5 million searches from October to November 2006. Granted, there isn’t a lot of movement there (Google lost market share, but we all know they are running all over the industry), but Microsoft has been trending downward forever, and they really don’t need this.

Remember this?:


December 25th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Yahoo, Live, AskJeeves, Google, Search, Windows, General | no comments

Microsoft Search Losing Market Share

No matter whose numbers you believe, the facts are unmistakeable: Microsoft’s search engine is losing market share, and has been for a long time. Greg Linden posted a chart from Danny Sullivan to illustrate that fact, and I’ve Office 2007′d it:


So, what the hell is going on? Microsoft is doing a great job in the search pace, creating a search UI that I’m a vocal fan of. What are they doing wrong? This is a long-term battle, but one would expect them to be holding their ground, or showing the same small gains is making.


  • Change is bad: Users don’t like two redesigns in two years, and the unfamiliarity is sending them away.
  • Windows Live Search looks cheap: The old MSN search looked cheap. It was too white, too sparse. The layout and colors didn’t have the right “feel”, seeming like a low rent search engine, rather than a serious competitor to Google. While Google shares many of the same properties, users know it is the search leader, and are willing to overlook its design. MSN doesn’t get the same pass. While the newer MSN Search and now improved the look and feel, they retain some sort of cheapness. Personally, I think its the white and blue. Something dramatic and dynamic to make the page more exciting. has it (the red bar) Yahoo has some of it (the red Yahoo logo, plus they rip off Google well). Perhaps Widncows Live needs a new color on the page, or an animated element. Anything to break it up. A suggestion: Animate the flair on page load.
  • Lack of marketing: Most people don’t know Windows Live Search exists. Microsoft is counting on (a) community evangelism (and besides myself and some other bloggers, I’m not sure there is much of that), as well as (b) MSN and Internet Explorer users discovering the search engine in random use. For god sakes, buy some good commercials, ones people can’t ignore, something undeniably cool and memorable. Also: Say in your ads, leave out Microsoft, and I guarantee they become more effective.
  • Beta feel: Regardless of how popular Gmail invites used to be, the average user hates betas, and will not use products that appear under construction. Windows Live has so many products that don’t work, don’t work all the time, are behind invite-only walls, or have a beta tag, that users instinctively say “I’ll wait for when its done”. Focus on core products (, search, image search, news search, Live Mail) and demand a full release by the day Windows Vista hits retail. If you have to, stop designing new features and stabilize the damn code. I don’t care how good the product will be, because your users are leaving now.

God, that’s some harsh language. I feel bad, because I have a geek crush on Windows Live, and firmly believe they are tops in this industry in many categories. I want them to win, and your best critics will always be your biggest fans. For god sakes, guys, don’t blow this! You can gain market share, if you just get the basics right: Looks, personality, gossip and maturity. Take those four words and put them on the door of every Windows Live team member’s office, and don’t them down until Windows Live can claim it meets the basic goals.

November 27th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | AskJeeves, Yahoo, Live, Google, Windows, MSN, Search, General | 14 comments

Cross-Post: Search Engine Market Share

Just worth pointing out a post I just did at InsideGoogle about search engine market share. The numbers haven’t budged in sixteen weeks, as you can see in the graph I made (in Word 2007 Beta 2 TR, no less);

This is a perfect period of stable market share. An event needs to happen to destabilize the numbers, and Microsoft is banking on Windows Live Search’s launch to do it. These are the numbers to revisit in the months ahead.

September 14th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | AskJeeves, Yahoo, Live, Google, Windows, MSN, Search, General | no comments

Yahoo Internet Explorer

Yahoo, rather than complain about default settings in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 like some companies, decided to release their own version of the browser. The Yahoo-branded version of IE7 has only three changes from the regular Microsoft version:

  • The title bar always reads “Windows Internet Explorer 7 (BETA2) optimized by Yahoo!”
  • The search box defaults to Yahoo Search
  • The default home tabs are and

Not the world’s craziest idea. Change a few settings, and thus release a version of the browser that is to your liking. Now, when Yahoo has an error message advising users to use a different browser, they can point to this, instead of Microsoft’s (with it’s default of MSN Search).

Now, if only they’d start delivering Beta 3 of IE, not Beta 2!
(via the IE blog)

July 5th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Internet Explorer, Yahoo, Applications, General | one comment

Microsoft Prepping For Multi-Million Dollar Fines, plus two other stories

Microsoft Prepping For Multi-Million Dollar Fines
Microsoft has issued a warning to employees in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, saying that they should be prepared for massive fines from the European antitrust oversight committee.

The fines were originally set to be $2.5 million a day, and retroactive to December. However, with so much time having passed, it almost seems absurd that the Commission would level a $400 million fine at this point and consider that justifiable, especially after the $500 million Microsoft has already paid in this case.

Microsoft, Yahoo, Others Collecting Child Porn
AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft, EarthLink, NetZero and Juno are putting together the world’s largest database of child porn. The basic goal is to fight child porn by knowing it; if any of the images in the database are sent over participating company’s networks, it can be reported to the authorities.

Valleywag points out, rightly so, that this will create an increase in demand for newer kiddie porn pics, since those will be safer. It might spur some pedophiles to move away from sharing images, instead to taking lots of new photos, and thus preying on minors. In addition, this creates a huge opportunity for internet pranksters. Just email your buddy a dirty photo, and watch him get hauled off in handcuffs. Good luck explaining that one!

Win 98 A Lost Cause
With support for Windows 98, 98 SE and Windows Me ending in just seven days, the Microsoft Security Response Center says that they have decided that it is no longer feasible to fix certain security holes in those operating systems. While trying to fix a recent vulnerability, they realized that the fundamental operating system would have to be changed to fix the problem.

Basically, the underlying architecture of Windows Explorer changed so much in Windows 2000, and previous versions are so out of whack with that, that fixing it would require a complete rewrite. Hell, they’d be better off handing you an install disk of Windows 2000 and calling that the bug fix. Microsoft recommends just upgrading. Of course, if you can hold out six or seven months, just get Vista.
(via Slashdot)

July 4th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Yahoo, Security, Law, General | no comments

Microsoft Has Some Top Products, Windows/Office/IE Completely Ignored

PC World has once again released its list of the top 100 products of the year, its always interesting and vaguely defined listing of “tech stuff that is good”. Google Earth is sixth on the list, with appearances by Google Search (#17), Blogger (#33), Google Desktop Search (#47). Oh, and Firefox, an open source project somewhat funded by Google and somewhat run by Google employees, is #12.

On the Microsoft front, the Xbox 360 shows all the way down at number 89. Ouch, and what? How is the hot and popular Xbox rated lower than the floundering and stagnant Blogger? Other Microsoft products: Windows Live Local (#39), and the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 Keyboard (#54).

Other products of note:

  • (#9) - Google Video competitor. Google did not make the list.
  • Apple Boot Camp (#10) - Yes, software to run Windows on a Mac is high on the list, while Windows is not on it at all.
  • Ubuntu Linux distribution (#27) - So, operating systems are allowed. Are you telling me Windows XP doesn’t beat anything on this list?
  • Yahoo Mail (#30) - Gmail and Hotmail didn’t make the list.
  • TiVo (#31) - Okay, how about Windows Media Center?
  • Opera 9 (#48)
  • Yahoo Maps (#56) - Again, no Google Maps
  • Yahoo Music Engine (#73)
  • Yahoo Flickr (#78)
  • Yahoo (#93)
  • Amazon A9 Toolbar (#96)

Oh, and on their top companies of the year list, Yahoo was named Web Company of the Year, Apple the Hardware Company of the Year, while Sony was the Worst Company of the Year.

Hat-tip: Frank at the Google Earth blog, who writes about the list here.

Interestingly, Windows Live Local is listed number 39, Yahoo Maps is listed number 56. But, Google Maps doesn’t even make it on the list - which just doesn’t seem right.


June 6th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Xbox 360, Hotmail, Office, Apple, Firefox, Local, Live, XP, Xbox, Internet Explorer, Windows, MSN, Applications, Linux, Google, Yahoo, Spaces, General | no comments