Google Apps v/s Microsoft Office- is there any clear winner?

Google has overshadowed the attempts made by the industry software giant Microsoft to venture into the Cloud Computing industry.

Everyone has said that the software industry giant and the most influential software company till date has lost the race in the computing world. It is also being said that sooner or later Google will overtake Microsoft in the software base. Whether or not this will happen and all will depend a lot on its users and their choices. The difference between Google and Microsoft being that the Microsoft is late to enter into the cloud computing world, whereas  Google has got its firm hold in the Cloud Computing industry.

Google, with its products like Google Application, Google Document, Gmail, GTalk, and Google Calendar have established a huge user groups. While Microsoft with its various operating systems like Windows 2003, XP and Windows 7 has a lot of users but they have to pay a hefty licensing fee to use the services. Ironically only a part of those services in the operating systems are based online.

While Google just charges fifty dollar fee to use the services per year, it has become a huge hit amongst small business start-ups which need low infrastructure cost to establish themselves. Though the Google Applications lack many function it’s the low cost fee structure that has won it many customers. The people cannot avoid the huge number of functions provided by Microsoft application. But they have to pay hefty fees to use it, which overshadows the lesser number of functions provided by the latter.

Many have compared Google Applications and Microsoft Office to Microwave and Oven. Microwave has never been able to overthrow over and is cheaper and faster. While oven though slow and a bit expensive will never be thrown out because of its functions. It has also being predicted that both the firms will stay side-by-side for at least over a decade or more. Only the users and their changing world shall decide the clear winner.

Google has always being on the verbal onslaught towards the lack of insight by the Microsoft people. Google has always commented negatively and made the battle fierce with their Redmond rivals. The director of Google’s Enterprise division Dave Girouard was found deriding Microsoft again by show chasing their competitor’s lateness to adapt the cloud computing business.

Initially, Mr. Girouard was talking about the Google’s dedication to always upgrade and provide a better version of their Google Applications. He was also talking about the company’s philosophy to keep improving and making the world easier for its users.  Then he started commenting on his competitor and industry giant Microsoft for still sticking to the basic system. He said that they have stuck to the basic platform and are reluctant to change.

He said that what one needs for using Google Apps, a refreshable Browser. While to use Microsoft Office you need either Windows or Mac operating system. You also need to pay the fees for using it. This was a very well noted sarcastic comment by the directed.

One Comment

  1. (Disclaimer: I work for MSFT, but my comments are my own.)

    The article suggests that Microsoft is just now realizing the need to enter the cloud computing market. In particular, the implication that this specific subset of “software as a service” is MSFT’s first venture into “cloud computing” is missing the point — previous examples include Hotmail, Windows Live services and others. In other areas of “cloud computing” we have Windows Azure (more akin to “infrastructure as a service”) and BPOS for various platforms as a service.

    Suggesting that Google has “sewn up” cloud computing is inaccurate. To be a bit snarky about it, MSFT has been working on “cloud computing” solutions for longer than Google has been a company (incorporated in 1998). In this particular example, yes, MSFT has just launched Office 2010, but it’s far web-friendlier than previous versions.

    To suggest that Google has won also completely disregards other massive players in this space, such as Amazon and VMWare. I ask, how do they fit into your definition of “cloud computing”?


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