Google: Microsoft’s Efforts Are Just “Sad”

CEO Larry Page talks about Microsoft’s anti-Google efforts

Google CEO Larry Page took the stage at the I/O conference to talk not only about the new products prepared by the search giant, but also about the industry’s latest attempts, including Microsoft’s recent attacks at some of its services.

Even though Google has until now remained completely tight-lipped on all attacks launched from Redmond, Larry Page used this occasion to express his thoughts on these efforts, explaining that some of them actually make him sad.

“I’ve personally been quite sad at the industry’s behavior around all these things," he started. "If you take something as simple as IM, we’ve had an open offer to interoperate forever. Just this week Microsoft took advantage of that by interoperating with us. You can’t have people milking off of just one company.”

As you probably heard, Microsoft introduced Google Talk support in this week, trying to provide Gmail users with another reason to switch to its own email platform.

On the other hand, Microsoft doesn’t allow Google to implement Microsoft messaging services into Gmail, so that’s how the Windows maker is actually “milking off” its long-time rival. As a result, the industry is improving at a rather slow pace, Page added, and attempts such as Microsoft’s do more harm than good.

“You can’t focus on negativity and zero-sum games,” he continued. “I don’t know how to deal with all of those things, and I’m sad that the Web isn’t advancing as fast as it should be. We struggle with people like Microsoft.”

While he didn’t say it very clear, Page also commented on the way media publications around the world promoted the Scroogled campaign launched by Microsoft, explaining that Google is often described as an enemy for other companies worldwide.

“Every story I read about Google is us vs. some other company, or some stupid thing. I just don’t find that very interesting. We should be building great things that don’t exist. Being negative isn’t how we make progress.”

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