A former Microsoft evangelist and world-renowned blogger, Robert Scoble, has scathingly mauled the software giant over remarks made by CEO Steve Ballmer about Google last week. 

On his Scobleizer blog, Scoble hit out at Ballmer who had declared at a developer forum that Microsoft would eventually triumph on the Internet over Google with its Windows Live strategy.
“The words are empty,” Scoble says in his blog. “Microsoft’s Internet execution sucks. Its search sucks. Its advertising sucks. If that’s ‘in it to win’, then I don’t get it. Microsoft isn’t going away. Don’t get me wrong. They have record profits, record sales, all that. But on the Internet? Come on.
“Microsoft: stop the talk. Ship a better search, a better advertising system than Google, a better hosting service than Amazon, a better cross-platform Web development ecosystem than Adobe, and get some services out there that are innovative.”
Ballmer all but wrote off Google as a serious contender during his talk, saying its growth strategy was "mad". This, says Scoble, is a very short-sighted view.
“You’re up against a formidable competitor and one you’ve never seen before that has some real, significant weapons that you can’t deal with,” he says in the blog.