Now I have noticed that Microsoft's Hotmail doesn't quite work in Chrome. You basically can't type anything. So while it's good for reading your hotmail email you can't really really.
Today, I saw Google has come out with a work-around for the problem: simply pose as Apple's Safari browser and Hotmail works fine. Minor fix! But leave it to these 2 big guys to get in a spitting match about whose fault is it and who should respond faster with a fix:
Google position: Normally you think of Web pages being faster to update than client-side software downloads. In this case though, Chrome updates near-weekly, much faster than Hotmail did. Another illustration that velocity and speed of iteration matter (We are better than Microsoft even though our browser is bare bones)
Microsoft: That's a rather naive statement. You think that Hotmail is a Web page and you expect a service with hundreds of millions of users and thousands of servers to stop what it's doing, fix a bug for a browser that the majority of its customers do not use, and spin up an out-of-band release? We've already committed to addressing this issue in our next service release (already started to roll out to the site) which IMHO is an acceptable reaction (f**k you, we've got better things to do. Call us when your puny little browser gets mass adoption)
Google: Google runs Web services with many users and servers too and we launch changes weekly or faster ( :-p We run gmail and we do it better than you do Hotmail )
In this case I think Microsoft is right. Why should they get bent out of shape fixing their product because a niche browser doesn't display it well? Unless of course, the niche browser is backed by an arrogant giant.
Read all the school-girlish back and forth here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10153165-2.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Webware
BTW, they didn't actually say the stuff in red. That's my translation :)