Nonetheless, the DailyFinance article makes for interesting reading, despite the anonymous sourcing. It jibes with comments from Google employees about efforts by competitors to limit Google's expansion.
In reference to a contract to supply e-mail and productivity apps to the City of Los Angeles that Google has more or less won, at Microsoft's and Novell's expense, Matt Glotzbach, director of product management for Google's enterprise group, recently said that Google's competitors -- read Microsoft -- appear to have had a role in spreading misinformation to delay or prevent Google from getting the city contract.
Look at the inbox for antitrust complaints at the Justice Department and you're likely to find letters from various Google foes urging antitrust action. That's what you do when you can't compete, and sometimes even when you can.
It goes both ways, of course, and one has to assume that Google has had a hand in sticking it to Microsoft on occasion, not to mention AT&T. That's just how the high stakes players roll.
What I hope, however, is that such antics don't stifle innovation or harm consumers. It's one thing to fight tooth and nail to maintain market share. It's another to find regulators willing to write rules that protect obsolete products and services.