How About Those Google Partners?

When someone at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference asked Kevin Turner what he thinks about Google's growing partner program, Microsoft's COO turned the question right back at the audience.

"I don't know what to think about the Google partner ecosystem. That's something you should explore and you should look at," Turner told the audience, emphasizing the word "you."

Delivering the event's closing presentation, Turner said he couldn't speak to Google's activities, only to Microsoft's.

"What I can tell you is that we're going to take a long-term approach to innovation," he said. He reiterated the number that came up repeatedly in executive keynotes at the conference: that Microsoft spends $7 billion annually on research and development, which eventually generates billions more in new opportunities for partners.

"The question I would have for all of you is that you should look at the ecosystem that Google has for partners," Turner said. "If there's not a monetization model there for you, then you should deduct [that] that perhaps they could be a competitor and join the fight."

In those cases, he continued, partners may be better off growing or finding new directions for their existing models:

"That's the challenge that I would have for you," he said. "Ask the hard questions, and when you don't get the right answers, make the right decision for your business and make it the right way."

Google recently moved further into enterprise search by announcing a deal with Ingram Microsoft to distribute the Google Search Appliance and the Google Mini.

Posted by Anne Stuart on July 12, 2007 at 11:52 AM


  • The 2020 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From the next major update to Windows 10 to the next generations of .NET and PowerShell, here's what's on tap from Microsoft this year.

  • 2020 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss. (Now updated with COVID-19-related event changes.)

  • Microsoft Closing Most of Its Retail Stores

    Microsoft on Friday announced a major shift in its retail operations, with plans to close most of its physical Microsoft Store outlets in favor of online sales.

  • Matrix

    Microsoft, Harvard Describe Joint Privacy Initiative

    To facilitate data sharing while still preserving data privacy, Microsoft and Harvard have embarked on a set of open source tool called the "OpenDP Initiative."

RCP Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.