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[News] [Rival] Google Takes Away Many Microsoft Office Customers

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Google plays safety card against Microsoft Office

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| He claimed Google Apps are posing a challenge to Microsoft, with 3,000 new 
| business customers each day. He was careful to draw the distinction with 
| consumer users of its services. "Our friends up in Redmond like to dismiss 
| the impact Google Apps is having. I hope he [sic] believes it. The numbers 
| speak for themselves - the numbers are unbelievable," Gigourard said.    



Google Spreadsheets gets software-inspired face lift

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| a simplified toolbar to the top of the page, much like the one Google Docs
| received back in late March. The change is twofold: one to better organize
| all the various bits and pieces that had turned the tool into something
| resembling an airplane cockpit, as well as ready it for additional features.


P&G Flirts with Google Apps and Scares the Bejesus Out of Microsoft

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| Does Google Apps pose a threat to Microsoft? No way, said Microsoft CEO Steve
| Ballmer in April 2007. He made his point clear to attendees at the USA Today
| CEO Forum: "[Google has] come out with what I might call—what's the
| politically correct way of saying it?—they've come out with some of the
| lowest functionality, lowest capability applications of all time."
| The room filled with laughter.
| Ballmer—for one—is not laughing now. That hubris and short-sightedness is
| coming back to haunt him.
| Microsoft is now taking the threat from Google quite seriously: In July 2008
| COO Kevin Turner was dispatched to consumer-products giant Procter & Gamble
| to dissuade P&G from moving to Google Apps—and ditching Microsoft.


Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google

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| "Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux," he said. "How
| are we doing? Forty is less than 60, so I don't like it. ... We have some
| work to do."


Microsoft earnings post-mortem: The cash cows quiver

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| I can’t help but wonder if the lackluster Windows/Office results also can be
| attributed to Microsoft brass’s complete and crazy obsession with Google (and
| taking over Yahoo) has resulted in no one minding the Windows store. Kevin
| Johnson, the head of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services division seems to be so
| laser-focused on the online-ad business these days that he almost seems to
| have forgotten Microsoft is still in the software business, too.
| Microsoft execs’ claims about walking away from the Yahoo deal are nothing
| more than bluster. A protracted hostile takeover bid is just going to
| distract not just employees in Microsoft’s online services business, but
| company management, too. It’s not a pretty picture.


Google Apps tops 1 million businesses

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| Almost all of the company's revenue comes from its search engine, which last
| quarter accounted for more than $5 billion. New initiatives, such as the
| Chrome browser, Google Gears, and Google Friend Connect, are focused on
| building a mostly open-source Internet operating system out of Google
| technology in order to funnel more user data and targeted advertising
| opportunities into the Googleplex financial engine.

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