Know your enemies. If Microsoft
So who could challenge the software king? Apple Computer
What about Google
Well, let's see. This week, Google launched software for its new video-streaming subdomain. Folks have been downloading a free video viewer from Google since Monday. Then yesterday, Tim Beyers looked at how the beta of Google Video has landed the company in hot water when it comes to copyright infringements.
Microsoft doesn't appear threatened by Google's newest foray at the moment. Multimedia players like Microsoft's Media Player and RealNetworks'
Everywhere Microsoft turns, it seems as if Google is in its way. Google has had no problem populating the Web with Mozilla's Firefox browser as an alternative to Microsoft's leading Internet Explorer. At the very least, it has been pushing to get users to tack on Google's toolbar to Microsoft's browser. Google's Gmail is looking to unseat Yahoo!
Everywhere you look, Google seems to be planting the seeds whose flowers may one day provide the thorns in Microsoft's side.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz wouldn't take on Microsoft or Google in the boxing ring, though he's not above throwing a quick sucker punch in their direction before running the other way. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.