A timely reality check (apparently GM also isn’t as committed to IBM Lotus products as was suggested at Lotusphere 2010)
For now, Microsoft seems to be staring down the Google threat, especially with large business customers. Riding on the tailwind from sales of Windows 7, a new version of its flagship operating system, Microsoft recently beat Google with Office-related business deals at General Motors Corp. and Starbucks Coffee Co.
"When we're there competing, we win," said Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft division that includes Office.
Mr. Elop recently helped woo GM to use SharePoint software to run GM's internal Web site, a deal for which Google was also being considered.