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Will MS Web Office Be Too Little, Too Late?

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Phil Wainewright: Microsoft unveiled the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of MS Web Office, the web-hosted counterpart to its ubiquitous Office suite of desktop productivity applications. Many observers see this new Office-in-the-clouds offering as an answer to fast-growing competition from Google's competing Web-based suite, Google Apps. But with some features excluded and the production version not due for availability until mid-2010, will it prove too little, too late, to save the dominant market position of Microsoft Office?

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  • I think it could be a success. The existing web document editing is not even close to regular MS Office functionality.
    If Microsoft will have better functionality than Google docs and in addition, some Share point features, it could be a smashing success.

  • Microsoft is not worried about the competition from Google Docs or any other online office application provider yet. Only very few are using online office web Apps. Some of these apps are yet to match the functionality of Word and Excel. They have captured office applications market from companies like WordStar(Micropro) even before MS had a dominant market share. I think they are too early with Office in clouds and they are right on track.

  • I believe it would be a success too. First of all, it will provide same look-n-feel and features that MS Office users are familiar with. Microsoft will also get benefited from the large number of existing enterprise customers who are using MS Office. Not to mention the strong love affairs between enterprise executives and MS PowerPoint/Excel.

  • I agree with you guys. The functionality lead is too big. Office also sets the standard for commercial grade (kind of sad) and has the installed base and enormous trained user base.

    I'm sounding like a Microsoft bigot but I'm not. I just think the other guys are too little, too early right now.

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