Microsoft has fired its latest salvo at Google, announcing a free
web-based version of its Office software.
Office 2010 will include lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint
and OneNote when it ships next year.
The new web offering will compete with Google's free online Docs suite
launched three years ago.
Last week Google took aim at Windows with news of a free operating system
while in June Microsoft introduced a new search engine called Bing.
"We believe the web has a lot to offer in terms of connectivity,"
Microsoft's group product manager for Office told the BBC.
"We have over a half a billion customers world-wide and what we hear from
them is that they really want the power of the web without compromise.
They want collaboration without compromise.
"And what they tell us today is that going to the web often means they
sacrifice fidelity, functionality and the quality of the content they care
about. We knew that if and when we were ever going to bring applications
into a web environment, we needed to do the hard work first because we
hold such a high bar," said Mr Bryant.
Microsoft said that 400 million customers who are Windows Live consumers
will have access to the Office web applications at no cost.
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