Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Office Online

The world has been buying Microsoft Office for about $500 for a long time now. Back when Office came out your PC cost you ten times as much. Now a PC costs you $500 and so does Office. Safe to say it doesn't sound like much of a bargain anymore. That's the argument chairman of Zoho makes regarding Free and/or much cheaper online applications similar to Word, Excel & Power Point.

A recent article in Business Tech announces Microsoft decision to enter the online application segment by 2010. Given the fact that Zoho and Google already have their up and running for a while now. I haven't used Zoho, but Google apps are great. Especially for a group of people on collaborative projects.

So, keeping in mind my last post, Microsoft isn't exactly leading the way on all Web fronts!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Microsoft finally a step ahead!

According to a recent announcement, Microsoft are working on a new upgrade for the, rather unsuccessful, Windows Live Web suite. According to an Saul Hansel, who writes for The New York Times, Microsoft plans to "turn their e-mail and instant message systems into something closer to social networks". Now you don't hear this too often, but this would mean Microsoft has beaten Google and Yahoo to Web 2.0 on some front. At least that's how it sounds.

How successful Microsoft will be at drawing in Facebook and Twitter users can not really be predicted. if Microsoft's recent success, or lack of it, is something to go by, I wouldn't be too hopeful. If you remember, Windows Live was suppose to be the next big thing on the Internet and the project was headed/envisioned by Ray Ozzie. Lets hope the upgrade is something worth the bother!