An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft recently upped the war of words over which cloud platform is the best for business, with a TechNet blog claiming that Google Apps lacks basic functions and that users have to pay extra — a Google “tax” — to make Google Apps “enterprise-ready”. From one perspective Microsoft has a valid point. If you wanted all the features of Microsoft’s cloud software, Office 365, you would need to add more elements to bring the cheaper Google Apps up to measure. But Microsoft needs to be careful about calling names. As this article explains, while it is true that some features may cost extra in Google Apps, the same is true of Microsoft. Small businesses receive a restricted version of the Microsoft cloud and the full feature set is only available for more than four times the cost of a Google Apps licence.