Vic Gundotra is a VP of engineering and a former general manager at Microsoft. He tweeted “#feb11 “Two turkeys do not make an Eagle.” #feb11 is a reference to the date that Nokia is unveiling their future plans and that’s the follow tag used on Twitter for the event. And he’s one of the people that would be involved if there were an Android/Nokia deal. In other words, this is the first time there’s something pointing to Android being out of the running and alluding to Microsoft in the game by an actual person with knowledge.

via CNNMoney

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  1. Name calling? Sounds like sour grapes to me, why cant these people be professional towards their competition just because they are on top now?

  2. Oh by they you mean the competition. Well hey, it’s Twitter, cut the guy some slack. If it were an Android guy calling the Windows Mobile/Phone guy a turkey, or even worse, a jive turkey, that would be a little out of line.

    The WP7 clan and I have our differences but I am more bullish on them than I am on Symbian, especially in light of some thing involving Nokia not making a deal with Google.

  3. Did you read the post? It is an Android guy calling out Microsoft and Nokia in this case. The backhanded comments by these companies (that includes anyone…Google, MS etc.) is spectacularly unprofessional. I thought kids were supposed to imitate adults, not the other way around.

  4. Yeah I read it like five times. It was confusing. Then I read the wikipedia link just now on the guy does work for Google, okay. The formerly part in the article threw me off. Now turkey comparison makes more sense.

    But just like I said when I thought it was a Microsoft guy, c’mon, it’s Twitter, who cares, it’s not a podium with the company logo on it and on the wall behind it (not yet at least). That’s probably exactly what was on his mind at the time and isn’t that what you’re supposed to do on Twitter, screw around? Okay not the brightest thing to say anywhere where someone could take a screen shot of it and pass it around to their fellow blogs but this guy’s an engineer not a PR suit. Who cares.

    Also, he’s right.

  5. When you’re a VP of a company the size of Google you don’t get to ‘screw around’ on Twitter. You’re voice is the voice of the company. Some programmer in the Android group? Sure, have some fun. Head of a division, and czar of social media? Might should bite your tongue.

    I understand where your bread is buttered here. But take off your Google colored glasses and realize that whether you like MS or not, they aren’t bowing out of the smart phone market just because WP7 has a slow start. And imagine that if Nokia were partnering with Google, you wouldn’t be calling their products ‘turkeys’. You’re opinion of him being right doesn’t mean it’s a fact. ;-)

  6. Hey Loxias my opinion was the same on this when I thought the guy was Microsoft. It’s you with the glasses on me. What’s up with that.

    Anyway everybody’s a VP these days. Almost 10% of my last company, not counting the sailors, were VPs. “Hey boss would you please give me a raise?” “Nope, but could I interest you in these new business cards printed with VP in high-production value elevated ink? Got them in my closet along with a batch for every other non-VP who might ask for a raise. Also you did some good work putting the squeeze on our jive turkey competition.” “I’ll take it boss! Thanks, gotta go back to Twitter now, you just gave me an idea.”

    You see? No big whoop.

  7. @Doug Simmons: Not sure how the formatting for replies will turn out so this may look a little funky, but notice the line where you say “If it were an Android guy calling the Windows Mobile/Phone guy a turkey, or even worse, a jive turkey, that would be a little out of line.”

    You then turn around and say your opinion was the same as before when you see that is the case. Huh? Are your glasses fogging up? :D j/k

    Seriously, though. Unless your last company was Google or at least a company near its size, I’m not sure how them promoting people to VP has any context in this discussion. No one knows the people that got promoted there, nor do they have a wikipedia page. The head engineer from Google does though, so that makes his thoughts, comments etc. a little more important in our discussion.

    Does it really matter? No. His comment will excite the Android fanboys and piss off some of the Microsoft ones, but in the grand scheme it won’t affect Google either way. My real point is that he should show some class. Google lost out on a partnership it obviously wanted and to re-phrase yss: It’s just sour grapes.

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