Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer while delivering the Open Door Keynote in Saudi Arabia on Nov 2nd, 2010, revealed that in Microsoft’s vision competition with Google is in two areas, consumers and businesses:
“When it comes to consumer cloud services, I think the work that we’re doing we’ve got good competition, we’ve got competition primarily in the form of Google,” he said.
“But, if you look at what we’re doing with Bing, if you look at the way we’re partnering and working with companies like Twitter and Facebook, that Google isn’t, if you look at the work that we’re doing to push forward the kinds of things people want to do for personal e-mail, photos, collaboration, I think we’re really stretching and pushing some advantage, clear advantages versus Google.”
“If you go to business side of the cloud, there really are two components. There’s what we’ve got with our Office 365 cloud service, where frankly the competition is probably Google, but they’re not close,” Ballmer added.
“They don’t have experience we do. They don’t have the number of customers we do. They don’t have capabilities we do. They don’t have security that we do. You can look at it, but I feel pretty confident that we’re way ahead.”