Microsoft to challenge Google (boston.com)
“In the near term, Microsoft's biggest challenge may be the perception that its software is riddled with bugs that let computer vandals seize control of sensitive systems or infect them with viruses.
"That's a major impediment," said Ballmer [president and chief executive of Microsoft Corp.
], "and so we as a company have made security our job one priority."
“Despite Google's popularity, "the search market is still quite fragmented," Ballmer said, and existing tools still generate lots of useless results.
Ballmer said Microsoft plans to invent new search technology that will change this, and make life more difficult for Google and other rivals.”