Microsoft: Google's Heart Not In Cloud Computing As Competition Heats Up


Microsoft is calling out its main cloud computing competitor, claiming that its chief rival isn't "all in" when it comes to the cloud.

The software superpower said that the recent launch of Microsoft Office 365, its cloud-based productivity suite, is further proof that the company is serious about its cloud plans and a sign that Microsoft is continuing to win the war against Google and its Google Apps cloud communication and collaboration suite as Microsoft and Google battle for cloud computing dominance.

"When customers evaluate us side-by-side we're winning most of the deals [against Google] when it comes to the cloud-based productivity," Tom Rizzo, senior director of Microsoft Online Services said in an interview with CRN. "And I would say it's because customers have come to expect a certain class of service and functionality that Google just can't provide, nor are their hearts really in it. At the end of the day they make their money from ads not through Google Apps."

Google, however, disputes those claims that its heart isn't in the cloud and said that cloud computing is not a zero sum game that will have one clear winner as cloud computing vendors compete in the market.

"We're a company born on the Web and we're 100 percent Web," said Google spokesman Andrew Kovacs. "I don't know how we could be more in."

The cloud computing war between Microsoft and Google has brewed for more than a year with the pair of powerhouses going tit-for-tat with features and functions, highlighting big customer wins and vying for government and municipal e-mail contracts. Google has heavily pushed its migration tools to move users off of Microsoft products like Exchange and Outlook and has stumped to get users off of Microsoft Office and onto its cloud-based Google Docs productivity suite. Google most recently launched Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office a plug-in that lets Office users view and collaborate in Office documents within Google Docs and in Google's cloud.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has launched a host of cloud-focused offerings in its Windows Azure platform, Office 2010 with Web Apps and now the beta of Microsoft Office 365, which is the latest iteration of Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) cloud computing applications play and comprises Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online.

The duo is also duking it out on the partner front, with Google highlighting that it has amassed 2,000 partners in its Google Apps Authorized Reseller Program and is planning to tighten its partner program into 2011. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said the channel plays a fundamental part to Google's strategy. Microsoft can't say specifically how many partners it has working in the cloud, but Rizzo said there are more than 16,000 current BPOS partners.

 

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