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Microsoft Revisits Web Service Plan! - 8/24/2004 9:02:35 AM   
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Although Microsoft Office generates between 30 and 50 percent of the software giant's revenue each year, Microsoft is concerned about slowing sales of the last two releases, Office 2003 and Office XP.

To jumpstart Office revenues, the company is reviving some older, previously abandoned strategies, such as subscription web services, as it copes with an interim Office release, Office 12.

Until recently, Microsoft had planned to launch Office 12 with the desktop version of Longhorn, the often-delayed next major Windows version.

The problems facing the Office team are obvious. Although most Office applications are decades-old, mature products, they've also grown stale.

Nevertheless, convincing customers to upgrade to newer versions is increasingly difficult. After all, what more can the company add to its stalwart word processing solution, Microsoft Office Word?


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RE: Microsoft Revisits Web Service Plan! - 8/25/2004 4:56:23 AM   
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Microsoft Office generates between 30 and 50 percent of the software giant's revenue each year,...


I think this was years (too many years) ago...

In fact newer word, excell and access versions have little (if any) new features justifying paying for an upgrade.


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