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Microsoft moves to online delivery - 11/3/2005 5:50:53 PM   
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Microsoft's announcement this week of its plan to move software off the hard drive and on to the internet is being seen as a major paradigm shift in the way businesses will operate.

"Basically it's an indicator towards the end of monolithic Windows and Office desktops," says Dion Wiggins, Gartner Research vice-president and research director in Hong Kong.

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates this week unveiled Windows Live and Office Live, two new software services that will begin to migrate the company's flagship products to an internet-based distribution model.

Windows Live, which is available for beta testing at www.live.com, thus far appears to be an upgrade and integration of existing products available on services such as MSN.com, including email, messenger, virus and computer protection and access to favourite websites and information.

However, Microsoft says key points of difference from existing services include user customisation and an ability for developers to build applications for the Live platform.

Perhaps of more significance is Office Live, an online service aimed at small businesses.

With Office Live, Microsoft intends to give smaller companies - typically those with fewer than 10 employees - access to business software more commonly used by large corporates.

The basic package will include a free website and five email accounts, plus more than 20 subscription-based business applications that can be used online. These will include project, sales, customer, time, billing and expense management applications.

A beta version of Office Live will be released for testing in the US on an invitation-only basis in early 2006.

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RE: Microsoft moves to online delivery - 11/4/2005 4:43:41 PM   
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This is "never" going to make it... NEVER NEVER NEVER..... They won't to have the software, you "never" own it but you pay for it.... nope... sorry!


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RE: Microsoft moves to online delivery - 11/4/2005 6:25:46 PM   
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Want an alternative?  OpenOffice.org 2.0 is certainly better than the v1.xx product they started with and is finally good enough to compete with Microsoft.  It's little steps, folks... Students everywhere will use it because it is free... Businesses will start to realize when these kids come out of college, that they are familiar with it... it will get adopted to more and more U.S. businesses and when it does...  Well, Microsoft might just be in the game console business in about a decade or so.

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RE: Microsoft moves to online delivery - 11/5/2005 6:03:45 AM   
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Much agreed, this could be their downfall.  I have read this is where they intend ALL their software to go, including Windows.


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