On Monday October 31st, the Halloween day, Microsoft's Tom Rizzo, a SharePoint Senior Director, poked some fun and threw some stones at rival Google, commenting on Google's frequent and most recent annoucements of retiring Gooogle Products and Services.
"The wind is blowing, and I think I hear a howl.
After all, Google customers are not finding tools they have been using over the years. The tools are dead and buried," said Rizzo.
Rizzon also created a Halloween graphic, titled 'Google Graveyard' featuring most of Google recently killed products:
He added "It's clear that Google's product management practice is haphazard and noncommittal, resulting in its deliveries often falling short of expectations. Before finally re-releasing offline capabilities, Google stopped investing in Gears, its previous offline product, and removed its support in Chrome 11. This confused many users and caused concern. Ultimately, Google failed to deliver what customers need in offline capabilities, provided empty promises over a one-year period, and then released offline solutions that were even worse than the original product."
Rizzo proceeded "In cancelling this group of social media-like 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. The Microsoft Office team does. Our vision demonstrates a clear focus on what business customers are looking for, such as intuitive interfaces across a wide range of devices."
Adding, as a marketer, he says "(i)f we had adopted these Google tools, we would have lost our dialogues with millions of customers all over the world".
He also take a pot shot on Google Labs, syaing, "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."
Commenting on Google's recent announcment of Google+'s integration with Google Apps, Rizzion said, "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?"
Adding, comments on Google Wave Rizzio said, "Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked...We don't plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects."
Also, Channel9, presented a Kinect to Kill: A Channel 9 Halloween Special video (embedded below):
It's that time of year again...when the ghost and the goblins come knocking at your door. This year we invite you to watch a story about friendships, love, horror and of course- a crazy serial killer! Enjoy!