Free Microsoft Office To Rival Google Docs
Will Free Microsoft Works SE 9 really rival Google Documents and spreadsheets.
The release of Google Docs and Spreadsheets, the highly anticipated free office suite application available through the internet by download, threatens to topple Microsoft’s dominant position as the leader in desktop software offering services delivered over the Web supported by advertising and/or subscriptions. So much so that Microsoft set to the drawing board and immediately began developing a rival project.
MS Office VS Google Docs
Tip: Be sure to check out the link at the end of this article for a link to a listing of various free and open source software programs for download that is having the executives at Microsoft shaking in their boots and thinking about ways to counter this!
MS Works 9
The aim is to offer a free version of Microsoft Works which will be pre installed in desktops and will display advertisements stored in cache, the advertisements that help support the application will be refreshed when the computer establishes an internet connection.
Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has said,
The company needs to embrace the software as service movement without abandoning its bread and butter desktop products.
This has led the company to invest heavily in its Web Advertising Business with the goal of creating a powerhouse to rival Google.
Microsoft plans to make the advertising-supported Microsoft Works SE 9 in a few months but this may not be enough….
Sun Micro Systems Open Office Suite
StarOffice is Sun’s commercial version of the freely distributed OpenOffice Suite which was also developed by Sun and has been downloaded more than 100 million times. StarOffice typically costs $70 to download but is being distributed by Google for free. It has more features than OpenOffice and owners of the full version will receive technical support from Sun where as users of the free Google version will not.
Richard Green, Sun’s executive vice president of software said,
It’s a paradigm shift, it brings together office productivity, networking and search into one offering.
OpenSource applications are becoming increasing popular, leaving all coding open to anyone who knows how to write or re-write them and creating a community to share these modifications is a programmers dream and is certainly the way of the future.
With the rise in popularity surrounding OpenSource, demand for applications to support such formats as OpenDocuments is becoming almost crucial. Google have already incorporated this software technology into its Free Download Pack, will Microsoft be able to offer something that really competes?
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