“[Microsoft] have the deepest of pockets, unlimited ambition, and they are willing to lose money for years and years just to make sure that you don’t make any money, either.”
–Robert X. Cringely
“Bribery” is a strong word, but blame not us for using this word. It’s in the news:
As part of its ongoing effort to shrink the Google gap with shameless bribery, Microsoft is now offering 25 per cent off eBay purchases made by way of its Live Search engine.
Microsoft wants you to know that its Live Search bribery program has seen “positive traction,” claiming that searchified cashback offers have resulted in a significant return on investment for its advertisers. The question is whether Microsoft will ever see ROI for itself.
Apparently Microsoft’s ongoing program to bribe users to use its search engine wasn’t getting enough attention, and the company seems to be upping the ante.
- IDG/IDC (Yardena Arar): Bribed by Microsoft
- Gizmodo Possibly Bribed by Microsoft Too
- GeekPi/Steve Allwine: Bribed by Microsoft
- Ed Bott: Bought by Microsoft
- Laptop Magazine: Bribed by Microsoft
- Jason Brooks (eWeek): Bribed by Microsoft
- Harry McCracken, Technologizer: Bribed by Microsoft
- Tim Anderson Received Bribe for Vista 7 Review