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July 14, 2010 at 10:20 AM

WPC10: Microsoft swipes at Google

WASHINGTON – The morning keynote speech turned into a rally as Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner took the stage and shot down competitors that critics say have dusted Microsoft.

From consumer companies Apple and Google to enterprise competitors Oracle and VMware, Turner said Microsoft has taken market share in his keynote at the Worldwide Partners Conference.

In the areas where Microsoft has faltered, such as phones, Turner says Microsoft is coming back.

On Google, Turner had plenty to say.

“The ‘go do’ is don’t let customers get Googled,” he said to the companies at the conference. He said it hurt to see Google putting out ads that they are winning customers for Google, and showed an ad in BusinessWeek magazine boasting about winning the Jaguar Land Rover business. He followed that with comments from employees complaining about how much less productive they were using Google e-mail and disparaging the software as the equivalent of vinyl car seats.

“In the productivity space, they’re coming at us guns blazing,” he said. “Recently they introduced a ruler in their word processor, an application that we’ve had for 14 years.” Turner said Microsoft has also won back customers from Google.

“We don’t want some of the customers, we want all of them.”

In the search arena, Turner predicted Microsoft’s search engine Bing would have 30 percent of the market once the Yahoo integration is complete. Google dominates the industry with more than 60 percent of te market.

Turner even mocked Google’s oft-cited corporate statement to do no evil.

“We don’t have a mission statement to say don’t do evil because we don’t need a statement to not do evil.”

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