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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Gates sees IBM not Google as top Microsoft rival

Asked if Google represents the most formidable threat of the company's 30-year history, Gates replied with a curt 'No.'

'The biggest company in the computer industry by far is IBM. They have the four times the employees that I have, way more revenues than I have. IBM has always been our biggest competitor. The press just doesn't like to write about IBM,' said Gates.

IBM, which offers computer services, software and hardware, poses a challenge to Microsoft in defining how Web services will work together in the future.

Also, IBM -- along with Toshiba and Sony -- has developed the Cell microprocessor that will power Sony's PlayStation 3 video game console, a competitor to the Xbox 360, Microsoft's next-generation gaming unit.

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