Microsoft Needs to Worry More About Google Than Applehttp://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/10/25/microsoft-needs-to-worry-more-about-google-than-ap.aspx Chris Neiger
October 25, 2013
With all publicity around Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL)free software push with both Mavericks and iWork, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT)is firing back pretty aggressively against the iMaker -- but it should probably be more concerned about what Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG)doing.
Fighting the wrong battle
Google just won contracts with the Army and the Department of Defense for its cloud-based apps. Google wrote this week: "The Army's rollout of Google Apps is part of a transformational program to improve collaboration, information sharing and mobile access for an initial group of 50,000 Army and Department of Defense (DoD) personnel ."
A few contracts won't come close to killing Microsoft Office, or Office 365, but it does mean the company's software is no longer the obvious choice. Signing up for Google Apps was a way for the Army and DoD to cut expenses and move across platforms and devices seamlessly.
That's bad news for Microsoft considering Office was the biggest generator of op