Microsoft has been noticeably quiet whenever we bloggers/press folk ask them for comments on Google various announcements. Today’s CapGemini-Google partnership to sell Google Apps Premier Edition (GAPE) must have struck a nerve, as Microsoft sent out a lengthy and unsolicited response on the deal.
Here’s what Microsoft said via an emailed statement, attributable to a “corporate spokesperson:
“We believe competition is good for customers and the industry. That said, customers tell us that our solutions deliver the ease of use, reliability and security that enterprises need. This is validated in the strong reception we’ve seen to 2007 adoption and usage and by having achieved more than 90% enterprise agreement renewal in the fourth quarter of our last fiscal year. Our long history in meeting the complex needs of enterprise customers, a partner ecosystem that has grown 43% on the Office platform since last year and our current and future investments in the software + services arena will deliver even more flexibility to customers.”
That was the “official” statement. Microsoft also suggested a list of “top questions that enterprises should ask when considering the switch to GAPE. Microsoft’s suggested list...