AP reports that Google Apps gained more credibility as "technology consultancy Capgemini will begin recommending Google Inc.'s online suite of office software to its corporate customers. (...) Capgemini, based in Paris, France, influences the type of software used on more than 1 million personal computers in companies worldwide. Its major customers include drug maker Eli Lilly & Co. and accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers."
Up till now, Microsoft has been very quiet about the nascent Web Office threat from Google. But today, in response to the news that IT systems consultancy CapGemini has partnered with Google to sell Google Apps Premier Edition (GAPE) to enterprises, Microsoft issued an email listing 10 "top questions that enterprises should ask when considering the switch to GAPE." The questions read more like reasons why enterprises shouldn't choose Google Apps. This list was first published by Mary Jo Foley, who says it was an unsolicited email from a Microsoft "corporate spokesperson".
The 10 reasons make for fascinating reading - and show just how concerned Microsoft really is about not only Google Apps, but Web Office in general.
The conclusion is pretty obvious. This is a replay of the early stages of MSFT vs. Linux, and MSFT vs. [insert new and better technology here] before that. Like Linux, Google applications work. Like Linux, Google applications are way ahead of MSFT (which never really invented anything at all). MSFT doesn't like it when something better comes along, and when people *finally* realize that not only do they do not have to be tied the latest MS-Junk, but that the alternatives offer huge advantages.
So how will Microsoft fight Google in the market place? First they'll make sure Vista won't load Google web sites (seriously, they'll do that). Then they'll get sued and have to back down. Meanwhile the huge pile of cash that Micro-"what-have-you-done-for-me-lately"-soft made off Windows 98 gets smaller every single day.
Microsoft is finished. No doubt about it.