I love how there is an article that has first hand accounts of why actual people are leaving Google to work at Microsoft and there still seems to be argument against Microsoft.
There really is an unsurprising argument against Microsoft to be found here in the article. First, it reeks of propaganda, who else calls a mystery number over 8 people coming back to work at Microsoft an "exodus"? Why is Google suddenly so much worse to work for? Couldn't it simply be related to the latest push to hire workers to bolster Microsoft's search engine development? They have just recently run ads trying to hire disgruntled Yahoo workers too because they couldn't buy them out. It seems a pretty obvious attempt to attract competitor workers, or it's really conveniently timed.
Now a lot of people do frequently rush off to defend Microsoft for some strange reason, often one tied to a paycheck. But for most people, they have an understandably harder time wiping off the "dirty tricks Microsoft has pulled this month" slate and thinking maybe, just maybe, this time there are no tricks involved.