In one of the ugliest public displays in recent corporate times, the search giant – Google, has been the victim of unprecedented industrial action – death threats! And who would be so bold – none other than Microsoft Corp.
A case of sour grapes is the only explanation for this vulgar tirade by Microsoft Corp CEO, Steve Ballmer. These claims were brought to public attention in documents filed on Friday, during the bitter courtroom battle that has been raging between these IT heavyweights.
Google’s July recruitment of former Microsoft executive, Kai Fu-Lee, has the Microsoft CEO seeing red. Allegations of obscene threats and inappropriate behavior, including chair throwing, by a former Microsoft employee, are painting a less than perfect picture of Ballmer in the courts.
These death threats are hardly causing a stir in the Googleplex as their latest recruit, Lee, is said to have been instrumental in securing a recent contract worth $10 million to Google. This is lucky, considering Lee will earn almost $5 million in his first year with Google. A sound investment so far, but time will tell, as Google have also promised to cover any legal bills Lee incurs as a part of this vicious battle with Microsoft.
This is only going to heat up in the courts, with more allegations and dodgy practices sure to surface from both parties. The only group sure to win from this legal slugfest, is both companies’ lawyers.