Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Facebook Reports Strong Fourth Quarter
Qualcomm Cuts Fiscal 2015 Outlook On Lower Chip Demand
Cloud Cryptographic Algorithm Protects Personal Data
Spying Program Runs Global Internet Watch: CBC
PlayStation Meets Spotify
Facebook Intros Trending Super Bowl
YouTube Now Defaults to HTML5
HP Led The Notebook Market In 2014
Active Discussions
Writing Audio files on DVDs ?
Need major help with Gigabeat
New match-3 puzzle game launch now!
Rimage 2000i
Sound card for my Laptop
hello
full screen wide screen
Hi
 Home > News > General Computing > Office ...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Office Unfazed by Google Threat


One of the two new heads of Microsoft's Office software team downplayed the threat from Google's Web-based word processing and spreadsheet applications, saying they are unlikely to appeal to corporate customers.

Antoine Leblond, who became co-leader of the Office group in June, said Google was the latest in a long line of challengers to the Office software suite, which includes Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, Outlook e-mail and PowerPoint presentations.

"The simple argument that 'this is good enough for 90 percent of what we do' has fallen on its face over and over and over again," Leblond told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday. "When it comes to mission critical things and key pieces of how people run their businesses, the threshold is higher."

Microsoft will release the long-awaited Office upgrade to business customers next week along with its new Windows Vista operating system, which has been more than five years in the making. These products are the core of a broad product upgrade cycle aimed at restoring the software giant's growth.

Microsoft believes new Web services will work in tandem with PC-installed software, a vision that differs from that of "software as a service" advocates, such as Salesforce.com and Google, who expect services delivered over the Web to eventually replace software that resides on local PCs.

It's a bet with big stakes, considering Office accounts for nearly a third of Microsoft's total revenue and half its profits, and particularly since the company has been unable to replicate its desktop success on the Internet.

Already the clear leader in Web search, Google has in recent months pushed out new applications to rival individual Office programs, including e-mail for organizations, employee Web pages, scheduling, spreadsheets and word processing.

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt has dismissed the notion that it is competing with Office, saying his company is focused on simple applications with an emphasis on sharing that are aimed at consumers and small business users.

Microsoft's new Office Live is an example of its "software plus services" approach. It lets small businesses set up Web sites, company-branded e-mail and Web applications to allow project management and collaboration. It works with Office but the programs are largely different from those familiar to desktop PC users.

The latest upgrade, Office 2007, will be available to consumers in January, but Leblond said don't necessarily expect a huge spike in demand, as adoption patterns have changed.


Previous
Next
Palm Announces Availability of Treo 680 Smartphone in Four Colors        All News        Microsoft Brings 129 Lawsuits Against Phishers
Symantec Releases Norton 360 Public Beta     General Computing News      Microsoft Brings 129 Lawsuits Against Phishers

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Microsoft Offers Power BI Business Intelligence Tools For Free
Microsoft Reports Second Quarter Results
Microsoft Launches the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 Smartphones
Microsoft Attacks Google Over Security Disclosures
Microsoft To Release Customer-centric Solutions This Spring
Tech Giants Support Microsoft In Data Fight With U.S.
Cortana Arrives in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain
Microsoft Creates Tools That Unlock the Power of Living Cells
Microsoft Acquires Mobile Email App Provider Acompli
Microsoft Accidentally Anounced Acquisition Of Acompli
Microsoft Offers Massive Music Deals For The Holidays
Microsoft Slashes Prices Of Xbox One, Surface 3 For Black Friday

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2015 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .