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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Coming Soon: Microsoft Office, Free on the Web


We hear quite a bit these days about Google Apps and OpenOffice and how Microsoft is losing touch with mainstream consumers who are now more tech savvy. We hear all of that, and then we hear that Microsoft controls 94% of the global office software market - and that number has remained unchanged over the last 3 years. So, clearly, Microsoft is still running the show when it comes to office software, despite what some may think.

Microsoft is about to launch a free online version of Office, in conjunction with an updated Office package that is available for purchase at up to $500. The free online version will be supported by ads, but will integrate seamlessly with the standard versions that are not free. In much the same way that Google Apps allows users to save their work on the web and enables numerous users to access the same documents and save their work, the online version of Office will have the same type of functionality.

Analysts are predicting a strong near-future surge for Microsoft with its upcoming introduction of new and shiny Office software. With Windows 7 getting strong reviews in most areas, analysts are predicting that many companies will choose now to upgrade their computers as well as their operating systems and business software. Many companies have held off as Microsoft introduced a string of underwhelming versions of Windows in recent years. Most firms are still using Windows XP or Windows 2000 as their primary operating systems.
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