Microsoft to Google: Hands off enterprise search

by admin July 14, 2006 at 4:05 am

BOSTON–Microsoft is digging in for a fight with Google in the enterprise search market.

“Enterprise search is our business, it’s our house and Google is not going to take that business,” Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer, told a conference of more than 7,000 business partners here Thursday.

It’s the largest gathering that Turner has addressed, and only his second appearance at a Microsoft conference, since joining the company from Wal-Mart 11 months ago.

Turner said the company is also gearing up to take on IBM and Oracle, among other competitors, with new products slated for debut in the next few months. But he saved his most acerbic comments for Google.

“Those people are not going to be allowed to take food off of our plate, because that is what they are intending to do,” he said.

In recent months, Google has unveiled new search appliances. But it hasn’t spelled out its overall enterprise search plans.

Full story: ZDNet