Re: Competition on Desktop
MS never really seemed to bothered about gaining any personal information, they make and sell software first and foremost. Their requirement for success was simply that a user required software and that they would sell it too them. Generally speaking, the story ends there.. With your money MS builds more software, albeit the same software every year. MS are only really available on MS platforms ( OK I know that MS Office exists for the Mac)
MS don't worry me, they can only take my money, if I decide to give them any
Google's on the otherhand don't really have a product. They have a platform that allows them to sell advertising space/places. In order to be, and remain, successfull they require an ever increasing amount of information, personal or not, about you and your habits. This allows them to provide tempting stats for their clients.
With your information Google does whatever it pleases for as long as it pleases..........Now this is where things get interesting as we do not realy know exactly how much information or exactlly what information they hold/archive and/or how that information is really used. Future employers, court judges, the FBI might just have access to this information which might not be perfectly in context and more than possibly be used out of context.
Google are not quite so easy to avoid. Google Search, Android, Google Play, Streetview, Maps, Chrome are just pretexts for gathering information, that's why they are "free" . Google have their own platforms and exist in almost all mainstream platforms. They have become just a little to omnipresent.
It's far easier to escape from MS than it is to escape form Google.....