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Google: Microsoft Not Driving Consumer Revolution

Speaking at the annual All Things Digital conference in California, Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, mentioned a list of four major companies that are key players in the technology industry. Was Microsoft on the list? Nope.

As TechFlash reports, Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt listed four major companies as major players in the technology industry. Microsoft, on the other hand, was missing from that list.

On the list, we have Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google as the “gang of four” leaders in the platform war. Twitter and PayPal made it as fifth and sixth respectively, but Microsoft was no where to be seen.

Here is what Schmidt had to say about it:

Microsoft is not driving the consumer revolution. They’ve done a very good job of getting them locked in on the corporate side.

The consumer doesn’t understand anything we’ve just said. What they understand is that they have applications of one kind, that they download for an iPhone, they have a different store that they download different apps for the Android phone, and in the web they can download apps in that emergent market, and it’s behind the other two. They’ll know then as apps, but they’re fundamentally HTML 5.

Another way to think about it is to think about things that are primarily web-resident or likely to be the most open, most exhaustive in terms of choice, and that’s what the web is all about. I should put a plug in for the Chrome browser: if you’re concerned about security you should use the Chrome browser. You could also use a Mac over a PC – speaking as a proud former board member of Apple – the viruses that are prevalent on the PC are not as likely to affect you on the Mac.

Schmidt went even as far as saying that the best workstation with the best security is offered by a Mac, coupled with Google’s Chrome browser. This comes as a surprise when Google has recently unveiled its Chrome OS, which is said to have better security features than Mac or Windows. Maybe Schmidt said this because of his former job of three years as a “proud former board member of Apple?” This is mad timing on Schmidt’s part in recommending Mac as the most secure considering that Mac recently faced a MacDefender scare.

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