The poke occurred during an outage problem that affected Microsoft’s customers in the Far East last week. Seemingly no one noticed what was happening, but Cloud Sherpas did, which then pounced.
Personally, I am not sure whether this sort of behaviour is really good for business. That said, I can understand why Cloud Sherpas did it. After all, Microsoft embarked on a “Let’s poke fun at Google Apps” a months or so ago when the software giant created a spoof video.
Google itself ignored the taunt, but it seems Cloud Sherpas who is very loyal decided to have a go in retaliation.
Revenge is sweet they say, but at times I think it can be very silly.
Commenting on the recent taunts by the Google reseller, Tony Redmond from Windows IT Pro told talkincloud.com: “Office 365 has enjoyed six months of solid cloud delivery. But Office 365 has suffered from a few outages since its launch…”
He added: “I don’t know if Google Apps beats Office 365 in terms of reliability. But generally speaking, I think Google beats Microsoft in terms of cloud transparency — thanks to the Google Apps Status Dashboard.”
Microsoft has struggled to get its own cloud office suite taken seriously. Suffering outage problems certainly won’t help, but I don’t think it is necessary for any competitor to poke fun. One day, the shoe could be on the other foot.