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This week with Microsoft:

Steve Ballmer rules this week! His view on Google at Stanford –

One-Trick Pony’,

‘One-Hit Wonder’,

‘Questions Business Strategy of Google’

All this whilst meeting students at his former University – Stanford University.

This is how Robert Scoble reacted to Steve Ballmer’s speech – “Microsoft Sucks!”

Microsoft: stop the talk. Ship a better search, a better advertising system than Google, a better hosting service than Amazon, a better cross-platform web development ecosystem than Adobe, and get some services out there that are innovative.

Live Search to Begin ‘Incentive’ Enterprise Trial

Thirty companies will have opportunity to participate in a Microsoft trial measuring search traffic among large businesses. Microsoft also will offer incentives, such as credits for products or services, to participants. Hurry, though. Participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Microsoft to Pay Business for Using Live Search

If you can’t get people to use your product for free, you can always pay them to.

Microsoft is now offering to pay businesses through service or training credits if they get their employees to use its Live Search product at work. The amount of the payment would be based on the number of search queries served.

Microsoft becomes even more mobile with Tellme

Microsoft and Tellme share a vision around the potential of speech as a way to enable access to information, locate other people and enhance business processes, any time and from any device. Combining Tellme’s talented people and expertise in high-volume voice services with Microsoft’s platform, resources and worldwide customer reach will inspire new and innovative solutions.

Readers: What do you think of Steve’s speech and Robert’s reaction? Do you think Microsoft Live will ‘win’? Have your say.

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