Microsoft has taken the opportunity to slam Google’s products and product management processes once again.
Tom Rizzo, senior director of Microsoft Online Services, who previously claimed Google is failing in the enterprise, took to the “Why Microsoft” blog earlier this week to describe Google’s products as Spaghetti. “Google customers are not finding tools they have been using over the years,” said Rizzo. “The tools are dead and buried,” he added, referring to Google’s recent cull of products and services. “It is clear that Google is not in tune with the market needs and does not have a product roadmap and clear vision for productivity for their business customers,” he continues in a blog post outling a “Google Graveyard.” The stinging attack on Google by Rizzo points out some facts and figures of Google’s products and services:
“The recent killing of Google Labs is ironic to me. Google releases experimental products and tracks adoption to determine whether to continue providing them. Its products are like spaghetti, Google throws them up against the wall to see if they stick.
Case in point, as of its June release, the company is giving Google Plus a try in the social space, and now they are providing access to it for Google Apps customers. But can businesses and schools trust it to be there for very long, judging by the history of Google’s social family?:
• Wave lived 15 months from May 2009-August 2010,
• Aardvark lived 19 months from February 2010-September 2011,
• Buzz lived 20 months from February 2010 to October 2011.”
Rizzo claims Google’s withdrawal of supported products are examples of what is convenient for the company and not good for business. “It is clear that Google’s product management practice is haphazard and noncommittal,” says Rizzo. The latest round of corporate mud slinging comes shortly after Microsoft claiming that Google is simply standing on the shoulders of others innovation with Android. Several public spats between Google and Microsoft have emerged over the past year, related to online services. Microsoft claimed in early April that Google had lied about its U.S. government security claim. Microsoft said that Google had mislead its customers by claiming it has been certified under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). Google responded to Microsoft’s claims and described them as “false” and “irresponsible.”
Microsoft went on the attack again in May by claiming that Google Apps contains a hidden “Google Tax” with its product. Rizzo revealed at the time that Google Apps contains several hidden costs, especially when running Google Apps alongside Microsoft Office. Microsoft also posted a Office 365 vs Google Apps comparison earlier this year. The software giant created a mini-site to compare its Word Web App against Google Docs. Microsoft highlighted several inconsistencies when the same Word file is saved on Windows Live SkyDrive (or SharePoint) and Google Apps.
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