Google Beats Microsoft in UC-Berkeley Coup

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) just scored a major institutional coup with the University of California-Berkeley opting to replace its legacy e-mail system with Gmail. Another reason for Google to celebrate: it beat Microsoft’s Office 365 to the finish line.

In an unusual move, UC-Berkeley went ahead and published the entire evaluation rationale (MSFT will likely not be pleased!) explaining the pros and cons of both systems.

Apparently the key factors that swung the decision in Google’s favor include a quicker set up, a platform easier to develop on, cheaper support during migration, compatibility with existing Google software already in use in some departments and easy migration of existing mailing lists to Gmail.

Though Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) scored for authentication and the ability to integrate with on-premise systems, the final analysis shows the increasing heft Google’s Gmail carries for cost-wary educational institutions and governments.

Where’s Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) mail in all this?

Here’s how these rivals are trading on the news:

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): MSFT shares recently traded at $25.79, down $0.02, or 0.08%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $23.65 to $29.46. Volume today was 4,388,437 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 54,637,900 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 9.37, while trailing earnings are $2.75 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): GOOG shares recently traded at $632.83, up $3.13, or 0.5%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $473.02 to $642.96. Volume today was 409,724 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 3,130,220 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 21.57, while trailing earnings are $29.34 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>