For the most part, this has been a decent discussion. But please remember to leave the personal insults at the door. I like these threads- as a user who is more interested in the business side of mobile than the tech side, I often feel a little behind in conversations. This one is right up my alley. I would HATE to see it closed due to it degrading to arguments.
First off- my opinion on Google differs depending on how we are talking about them:
-From a services point of view, I respect the living crud out of them. I think Google Maps is still the standard, at least here in North America. Bing Maps are okay and Nokia Maps are good, but in my experience neither is as accurate. If I could wave the magic wand, I would have Google maps ported over to my Windows devices in a nano-second. You Tube has no rival, and Google has built an amazing support system for apps and services that has made them king of the smartphones and the top rival for tablets. To not respect them for what they have built is silly.
-From a business perspective- I again respect the crud out of them. They have taken a model used by magazines, tv, and thousands of other mediums and made it a near art form: Build a service, and sell advertisement. Search for a flight from Indy to Nashville? All of a sudden, you have all kinds of motel and rent-a-car offers from Nashville. Wow, what a coincidence. Search for used 2 person tents on your phone or tablet, or use Google on your laptop? Look at that- your G-Mail and websites have links to Amazon, Cabelos, or other outdoor outfitters and guess what is there?? Amazing- it is like magic. All these services are designed to one end- get advertisers to buy in. Any money they make from the sale is pure gravy on the meatloaf.
-From my personal perspective: Sorry, Google, I am not interested. Yes, Bing search does some of the same things. But MS is a software company, and makes their big cash through that. Apple? Overpriced, but they make their money through sales of their hardware and licenses. I am way more comfortable with that. I do not want my life "forced" into the Google Advertising monster.
But this is where the MS/Google problem hits the hardest. MS NEEDS to be on iOS and Android driven devices to get ther sofftware subscriptions into user hands. Google NEEDS to be on iOS to get Ads on the largest mobile manufacturer. Google does not need Windows on phones/tablets yet. So, to "ban" those services is silly. Windows on mobile is still trying to grow. Having access to Google services would help it as there are Billions of Android/Google users.
MS can only work on it's strengths. Their bread and butter is software. Enterprise. Subscriptions. And, to a lesser degree, some advertisement revenue. If mobility is EVER to grow enough to be on that list- and it needs to be- MS needs cross-platform.