Steve Ballmer Retiring After Microsoft Beats Google Search Market Share

Posted Sep 20, 2008

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Steve Ballmer believed that he would retire when his youngest child would go to college in about 9 or 10 years.  Now he’s ready to leave only after Microsoft beats Google in search market share.  Yahoo! and Microsoft are both continuously dropping in search market share against Google.

Ballmer made this announcement on Thursday at the annual Microsoft employee meeting.  What will make this even more difficult is Google’s current search dominant market share position.  Below are the Compete.com statistics as of the beginning of the year:

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Not only is Google catching up to in terms of market valuation, the search engine company jumped about 10 spots from the previous year in the Interbrand Best Global Brands List.  Microsoft is at #3 and Google is now at #10.