Microsoft: We innovate because you can't

In a story about Microsoft's plans to create a search engine to compete with Google, a Microsoft employee says something that should rattle around the Internet for years:

"The decision to build or buy came down to our ability to innovate," said Kirk Koenigsbauer, strategy manager at Microsoft's MSN Internet portal.

"Our ability to innovate is predicated on our ability to own the platform," he added, a clear sign that Microsoft thinks it can only beat Google if it owns the technology.

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