Google openly attacks Microsoft, who fires back with double the ammo

by Knowlton Thomas

Google made it known yesterday that it's pissed. David Drummond penned a blog post outlining how thw software giant was fed up with companies using "bogus patents" to afflict Android. And he wasn't afraid to name names either—*cough* Microsoft *cough*. In particular, Google was angry with Microsoft for buying up Novell patents with Apple, not Google.

Microsoft looked at all this and went, "What the hell?"

It first fired back with a tweet from Brad Smith, Microsoft's General Counsel: “Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no."

If this is true, Google's strike just backfired. Big time.

So then came the solidification of truthiness and amplification of Google's hurt: “Free advice for David Drummond," Microsoft's Head of Communications, Frank Shaw, tweeted, "next time check with Kent Walker before you blog." (Kent is a SVP for Google).

To this homing missile of a tweet, Frank attached an image of an email sent from Kent to Brad, reading, "After talking with people here, it sounds as though for various reasons a joint bid wouldn’t be advisable for us on this one."

Ouch. Google, think before you speak, especially on Twitter.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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