Is Google’s honeymoon coming to an end? That’s the question Microsoft founder Bill Gates has left us pondering over; he told Mint last week that the search behemoth would soon become another “normal company”.
Gates compared present-day Google with Microsoft in its heyday, when computers were universally loaded with Microsoft operating systems and the Microsoft Office suite.
In many ways, Gates’ comments are indicative of the life cycle of even the strongest, most innovative companies: He watched Microsoft’s market dominance erode and the company get thrashed at antitrust trials. He became the open source software movement’s whipping boy, and Gates literally took a pie in the face.
As Google faces accusations of anti-competitive practices and copyright violations, we can’t help but wonder if Google, too, is at a midpoint in the company’s life cycle. The remaining question, then, is, when are Google’s return tickets from its honeymoon booked?