Microsoft is so riled up over Google Apps that it has a team called Google
Compete offering major inducements to convince customers to stay with
Office, according to defectors and the search company itself.
At this week’s Google Atmosphere conference, several defectors who had
adopted Google cloud apps said that they were approached by members of the
Google Compete team, who had sought to persuade them to stay with Microsoft.
If argument failed to convince them, then the team was willing to offer
This is standard operating procedure up to a point, but some were claiming
that in addition to the usual billing tweaks, they were offered “massive
discounts,” and in one reported case, an audience with Steve Ballmer
himself. It was a chance to experience his in-your-face sales technique no