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Microsoft product manager likens Google apps to his 'Knucklehead Son' in hastily deleted corporate blog

By John McCarthy | Media editor



Microsoft article

December 18, 2014 | 3 min read

Microsoft continued its love/hate relationship with Google earlier this week by posting - and removing - a blog deriding the firm’s office app suite.

The blogpost, reminiscent of Microsoft's which became notorious for its Google-bashing campaigns, saw Tim Carroll, a product manager liken Google’s apps to his spirited but lazy ‘Knucklehead Son’.

The blog, which was posted on Tuesday and subsequently removed the next day, read: “What’ve I got against Google? Nothing. Not Google at large, the company itself is pretty great in a lot of ways, but Google Apps for work, yeah, I take issue there: I’m philosophically opposed to mediocrity. So I sit my boy down at his laptop to demonstrate the difference between Google Apps and Office 365.

Tim Carroll's 'knuckleheaded son'

“Google Apps has file fidelity issues when you want to work on Office documents but they’re trying hard to fix that now, they are getting better. The real issue is, if you think of these Apps as tools you need to do your job, these ones just aren’t nearly good enough, how’re you going to build a house with a plastic hammer?”

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Microsoft told Business Insider: “The blog post was not properly vetted and has been removed. It was not a reflection of Microsoft views nor in keeping with the tone of how we communicate with our customers."

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