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Can Google stop Office 2010 upgrades?

Google’s desire to put a dent in one of Microsoft’s biggest cash cows,
Microsoft Office, is no secret. Since introducing a paid version of
Google Apps designed for enterprise consumption in 2007, Google has
aggressively promoted its cloud-based solution as an alternative to
Microsoft Office.

Last year, it even did something that wasn’t very Google-like: it
purchased billboard space in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and
Boston urging businesses to “Go Google“.

Google gets free advertising for Google products by hiring ex-Microsoft employee

Don Dodge was a happily loyal Microsoft employee until last week, when he got laid off with a group of around 5,000 other staffers in a broad reduction of staff. The well-known “Ambassador to Startups” was quickly poached by Google (within 90 minutes no less), where he is now set to work.

The move highlights the differences in culture at the two companies. And Dodge’s fairwell note serves another purpose for Google, as an ad for how loyal Microsoft devotees can switch to Google products.