MG Siegler on the Microsoft “Online Services” loss:
Microsoft’s real problem here is that in order to beat Google in search, they can’t just be better — they have to be exponentially better to get people to switch. And I’m just not sure that’s possible.
That’s a great point and is best shown in how the iPhone took over the cellphone world. In 2007 the iPhone wasn’t just better than every other phone, it was better in the way that Excel is better than a solar powered calculator. That’s what Bing needs to be to Google and I think Siegler is right — it’s probably not possible.