Microsoft has plenty of money, sure, but so does Google. Google may have less than Microsoft, but they have enough to do whatever they choose to do, and Wall Street has shown it will give Google more money anytime. As for muscle, Google matches or exceeds Microsoft brain-for-brain, and has the same kind of outsized corporate persona Microsoft has, though minus the bad-guy image of a monopolist bully.
Google has the mojo.
Read the rest of this excellent article over at Cringely. Let there be no doubt: My sympathies lie with Google, who’re actually contributing value and new ideas to the world.