Microsoft COO talks tough on enterprise search

Microsoft COO talks tough on enterprise search

Summary: "Enterprise search is our business, it's our house and Google is not going to take that business," said Kevin Turner, Microsoft's new (11 months) chief operating officer and former Wal-Mart executive.  Mike Ricciuti of News.

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"Enterprise search is our business, it's our house and Google is not going to take that business," said Kevin Turner, Microsoft's new (11 months) chief operating officer and former Wal-Mart executive.  Mike Ricciuti of News.com has the story on Turner's remarks.
Turner said the company is also gearing up to take on IBM and Oracle, among other competitors, with new products slated for debut in the next few months. But he saved his most acerbic comments for Google.

"Those people are not going to be allowed to take food off of our plate, because that is what they are intending to do," he said.
kevinturner.jpgI'm surprised that Microsoft hasn't taken a run at a company like Autonomy or FAST, two leaders in enterprise search, if it's so serious about making war on Google, IBM and Oracle in that space. Google enterprise search doesn't have all the fancy features of Autonomy's product line, but it does have core functionality that enterprises can leverage in the Internet age. It will be interesting to see what Microsoft comes up with in the coming months. Now that Mr. Turner (at left) has laid down the gauntlet, Microsoft better come up with a compelling set of enterprise search solutions, or the new COO will look like he's not playing with a full deck...

Topic: Autonomy

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  • This guy looks and sounds like a real idiot.

    He somehow thinks they are already competitive in desktop search.
    DonnieBoy
  • wow what a brain that turner

    he wanna go on war again oracle,ibm,sun......

    i think that guy is looking for some wierd beat up
    Quebec-french
  • they DO need to start w/ Autonomy!

    Problem here is that Google isn't the enterprise search leader. MS is just talking trash. This guy... well, based on his history at Walmart,m he may have something lying up the sleeve.
    kckn4fun
  • Enterprise Search

    Microsoft seems to think that if you put the word Enterprise in front of another word, it marks you sound credible. Yeah buddy. Wonder if the software contractors in his division have to work hours for free like some of the Walmart workers had to? I guess they figured that since WalMart is a bigger company than Microsoft then maybe he already knows what an Enterprise is, besides the name of a fictious spaceship!
    Xwindowsjunkie
  • Google overrated

    I think that entire notion and hype of Google vs. Microsoft is a bit overrated, it?s like Yankees going at Red Sox, eventually people and analyst will get over it and realize that like Yankees Microsoft just has better players and although that does not guarantee victory in every single world series but it does allow them to perform consistency better than others including Red Sox or for that matter Google?.

    I think that these firms competing will definitely be good for the industry and amazing for the consumers. The bottom-line Google only makes revenue from selling ads and although the pie is getting bigger it can?t continue to grow with the same pace and thus Google might be inducted in the hall of fame as Novell. Netscape and Red Hat?


    Omer Qureshi
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