13 July, 2007

Innovators within Technology

It's really Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) that are the two driving forces of innovation within the Internet/Computer part of the technology sector. When Google's CEO became an Apple board member there was some signs that the companies would work together on many more projects. We're seeing this now with Google Maps integration into the iPhone, YouTube on AppleTV and the iPhone and Google's search being prominent in Safari and Leopard.

Yahoo (YHOO) also is involved with Apple providing push e-mail to the iPhone, the Stock app and a host of other innovative services, however, it's a company very much in limbo, having just ousted long time CEO Terry Semel. Any reaps from their long-awaited ad platform Project Panama have yet to show major dividends and it seems like Yahoo has a long way to go to steer the ship in the right direction.

Microsoft (MSFT) on the other hand seems stuck in the mud, is a company that has far too many silos for its own good and cannot innovate as quickly as the others. While companies like Apple, Google, and Research In Motion (RIMM) are busy combining all of their products and services over a common platform, Microsoft is missing the party by having completely separate divisions trying to integrate separate products into a common themes. However thus far very few have ended in success and nothing but bad press surrounds this "innovative" company of late with Vista issues, charges on Xbox problems and who could forget the almighty Zune.

Disclosure: Author is long AAPL & GOOG

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