Bangkok – July 1, 2005 – (AFP) – Microsoft’s new search engine may rival or even
surpass the world’s most popular web tool Google, Microsoft co-founder and chairman
Bill Gates said.
In Bangkok to unveil a deal with the Thai government, Gates said his company was
developing products to make the Internet easier to use.
”The coolest company right now in terms of new things is Google, which
does a search product which is very good,” Gates told an audience of business
leaders and school children.
”I think we’ll surprise them by showing how we can do a search that’s
as good or better than they do. Consumers benefit from that type of competition.”
Last November Britain’s New Scientist magazine reported that Microsoft’s new
search engine, which is currently under development, had caught up technically
Its software experts gave MSN Search high marks for quick retrieval of data,
for the quality of hits, the ability to respond to natural-language questions
and possibility of fine-tuning the search.
Gates also said while many ”great competitors” have challenged his
company in past years, there were often areas where the Redmond, Washington-based
giant was working solo to build a new market, such as its ”tablet”