Microsoft plans free web-based Office in 2010

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"In an effort to keep pace with the growing number of free or low-cost desktop productivity tools available online, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) said Monday that it plans to introduce a Web-based version of its Microsoft Office suite that consumers can use at no cost."

Source: InformationWeek
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Good luck prying me away from Google; between Gmail, Docs, and Calendar, Google pretty much runs my entire life.

And I'm strangely ok with that.
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what they don't tell you is it will only run and look correct in IE6 using compatibility mode :(
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graphixboy wrote:
what they don't tell you is it will only run and look correct in IE6 using compatibility mode :(


Augh, I knew there had to be a contingency plan to revive 6 somehow. Those guys never stop. :lol:
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Came across this article this morning. Looks like Microsoft is going to offer the product for companies to host on their own servers. With all the buzz around cloud computing these days, I can't say I didn't see that coming.
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I'm a bit surprised though. I was under the impression that the productivity suite group at MS was actually profitable. Google must really be making a dent.
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Microsoft just dropped their Money product as well:

http://www.microsoft.com/money/default.mspx

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With banks, brokerage firms and Web sites now providing a range of options for managing personal finances, the consumer need for Microsoft Money Plus has changed. After suspending annual updates of Money Plus in 2008, Microsoft ended sales of Money Plus on June 30, 2009.


I think with many websites being able to act like desktop applications that are accessible anywhere, its hurting products like Microsoft Office, Microsoft Money, and probably others.
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I like google docs and these "software as a service hosted applications" but when you have to have internet access to run them you are kind of putting all your eggs in one basket. What if your ISP is having problems? That means you are *plum* out of luck for the day.
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It is nice that Microsoft plans free web-based Office in 2010.

It will even better if Microsoft can have free Win O.S.

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