There, the New York Times reporter discovered that the two companies had turned their heads back to open the war. Microsoft is about to publicly launch its search technology, which Mr. Gates says will catch up with Google. Microsoft released a beta version of a set of software buttons for Internet browsers, instructing users to search for MSN and related services. Google is at stake. Vintage Dragonfly Mandala Puzzle. What happened? At that hot moment of the war, Rick Rashid – Microsoft’s vice president of corporate research – went to Silicon Valley laboratories to look at the Microsoft Research search engine. After an inspection by the vice president in charge of the research department, a key figure named Mike Burrows – who is responsible for designing this strategic tool – has quietly left Microsoft. The problem is that he comes to Google.