Google landed a major contact with the US government, moving its 17,000-worker to Apps for Government. And, Microsoft has taken this as an opportunity to badmouth Google's suite of online business applications.
A senior director of Microsoft Online Services, Tom Rizzo said:
"There's no doubt that businesses are talking to Google, and hearing their pitch, but despite all the talk, Google can't avoid the fact that often times they cann't meet basic requirements."
"Constraints such as inadequate product support, failure to provide a roadmap, poor interoperability with other line of business apps and limited functionality are all reasons why public sector organizations such the State of Minnesota and New York City have said 'no thanks' to what Google is offering."
[…]Regardless of how organizations are thinking about the cloud, Microsoft provides a choice for their productivity needs; on premises, in the cloud or as a hosted solution. Google doesn't offer any such choice."
He also quoted an excerpt from NYC official statement on a Wall Street Journal story:
"We've a relationship with Google. We certainly explored what they could bring to the table with respect to offering opportunities for our workforce," said Carole Post, commissioner of Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications. But Microsoft's proposed package "both from a cost perspective as well as the suite of tools and opportunities was a more compelling opportunity," she said.