“A centered market-watcher wouldn’t read too much into the move. Me? I’m rarely centered. My initial reaction is that this is just one more way for Google to draw a thicker battle line against Microsoft,” Munarriz writes.
“Microsoft and Apple have been fierce competitors for ages. Microsoft’s move to introduce the Zune portable music player — a clear stab at the lucrative iPod market — is just the latest lunge,” Munarriz writes.
Munarriz writes, “Schmidt may not make Apple better in the boardroom, but his presence is likely to make Google’s relationship with Apple better. Even though some of Google’s smaller-scale endeavors, like pushing for budget-priced open-source PCs and digital music, may clash with Apple, the Mac maker is on the backburner of a very crowded Google stove, and it needs all the friends it can get.”
Munarriz writes, “So, sure, you may not want to read too much into Schmidt landing on Apple’s board. A quality company’s proven leader now has a seat in the boardroom at another proven quality company. It works even without the backstory. Go with that if you must. I’ll stick to my theory that it’s all about making Mr. Softy jealous. It’s just more fun that way.”
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