Competition between the two companies led to the resignation of Google CEO Eric Schmidt from Apple's Board in August. Google's Android OS and Chrome OS are challengers to the iPhone and the Mac OS X. Apple last summer bought Google Maps competitor PlaceBase and sought to hire an employee who could take the iPhone Maps app to the next level. December's purchase of Quattro Wireless has now put Apple in the game of mobile advertisements. Taken all together it would truly appear that Apple and Google are each trying to grab a bit of each other's business. So the question is, will a $100 million annual payout be enough incentive for a company that had over $15 billion in revenue last quarter, to leave well enough alone? Apparently not. According to a new story by the Silicon Alley insider, Microsoft has a "high" chance of getting the search spot on the iPhone. The story quotes a report by Wall Street analyst Sandeep Agarwal at Collins Stewart who says that Microsoft is "laser focused" on search.
The Redmond based company told the analyst that for the right economics, Microsoft would want to win the search deal for the iPhone. And by "right economics" they probably mean north of $100 million.
source: SiliconAlleyInsider ($100million payout), SiliconAlleyInsider(Microsoft wants iPhone search)