The final paragraphs of Paul Thurrott’s take on Google/Microsoft cloud competition
Google has some interesting services, yes, but truth be told Microsoft is kicking Google where it hurts—in the cloud computing markets that matter. And while Google's advertising dominance provides the company with the financial resources to artificially prop up its underperforming other products (i.e., all of them) that's not exactly the kind of business model that companies or individuals should embrace when they're looking for solutions on which to bet their future.
My point here is simple. I'm not saying that Microsoft has all the answers. If anything, I wish the company were more aggressive. But if you look at this market objectively, it's pretty clear that Google has none of the answers. Unless, of course, you're looking for creepy technology that can match sponsored links to the content of your email.
Yeah, Google has that one all locked up.