It is quite common to hear about rivalries in the technology industry and the latest tech grudge involves Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL). The Windows maker is not happy with the search engine giant for revealing a security flaw in Windows 8.1.
According to the latest dispute, Microsoft was planning a security release to fix the problem with it user profile creation feature. However, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) posted the flaw on a security bulletin highlighting the problem, although the search engine company informed Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) about the issue on October 13.
Google operates “Project Zero” team, which is built to identify bugs and security issues with latest software and inform the concerned developers accordingly. The company gives a timeline of up to 90 days for fixing the issue and then reveals the problem to the public. In this way, the search engine giant puts pressure on developers to fix the issue as soon as possible.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was planning to roll in a security patch on “Patch Tuesday” under its regular security updates. The company was just two days away from releasing the security update and the revelation has put several users at risk. As per Google, they offer sufficient time to the developers to understand and learn from the mistakes.
Chris Betz, Microsoft executive, said,
“Although following through keeps to Google’s announced timeline for disclosure, the decision feels less like principles and more like a ‘gotcha,’ with customers the ones who may suffer as a result.”
Mr. Betz further added that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) asked Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) to support the company until it releases the security patch on January 13.
The shares of Microsoft Corporation are trading at $46.60 with current P/E ratio of 18.25. On the other hand, Google Inc’s shares are trading at $497.06 with P/E ratio of 25.19.
This article has been written by Prakash Pandey.