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06.28.09

Bing Executive Quits Microsoft, But Microsoft Colony is Built at eBay

Posted in Google, Microsoft, Search at 4:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Hugh Williams leaves Microsoft, but the impact on eBay can be negative

SOME DAYS ago, amid Microsoft departures, we noted that Juniper was being occupied by Microsoft people, just like VMware. Back in January we showed that eBay too swallowed the Microsoft pill and while the following news is indicative of Bing’s demise (despite about $100,000,000 in marketing), it does raise some important questions. The news can be found in:

Look what position he gains at eBay

Hugh Williams, the Microsoft Bing product development manager, quit two weeks ago to take a job at eBay as vice president of development for search.

That’s the second eBay Vice President who comes from Microsoft this year. Will this result in more deals like this one or even this more recent one? Mind this report from TechFlash:

Just as Microsoft is becoming a popular destination for former Yahoo search engineers and executives, eBay appears to becoming one for ex-Microsofties.

BizJournal paraphrases (and cites) TechFlash:

Just as Microsoft Corp. is becoming a popular destination for former Yahoo search engineers and executives, eBay appears to be popular for ex-Microsofties.

TechnFlash is paid for by Bing/Microsoft, so no wonder about 50% of yesterday’s posts there were about “Bing”, striving to improve brand recognition in exchange for those payments/funding. This is not press; this is the pimping or advertising for the sponsor, disguised as ‘news reports’.

Regardless of all the above, Google looks down on Bing, but the real danger may be damage to eBay, from the inside.

Google mocks Bing and the stuff behind it

[...]

“If we make a minor change to, say, disk storage to get a three per cent gain and we roll that our to the GFS library, suddenly the entire base of applications stored on GFS sees that gain.”

Bing is no risk to Google. To name some previous posts about Microsoft’s search ambitions:

As Microsoft continues to shrink it will be worthwhile seeing what damage its anti-competitive staff can inflict upon other companies. To replace one thug with another is no victory; it is a problem relocated, sometimes expanding the circle of malign influence.

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2 Comments

  1. The Mad Hatter said,

    July 1, 2009 at 8:25 am

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    Bing Executive Quits Microsoft, But Microsoft Colony is Built at eBay

    I was looking at the title, and thought of some alternatives:

    Bing Executive Executed
    Bing Executes Microsoft
    Microsoft Colonises Bing

    I’m feeling silly. Can you tell that today is a holiday?

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Feels the same way here. It’s summer and it’s near July 4th. I’ll take a short break very soon. Many senior Microsoft employees take a break too, but they don’t get back.

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