Microsoft Ready for Google’s Challenge, Forays into ‘Online Office’

In response to Google Chrome OS, Microsoft has announced that the new version of MS Office, which is expected to hit markets by 2010, will feature online collaboration. This dramatic announcement was made at the partner conference in New Orleans.

The new generation office suite will enable users to access their documents online with co-authoring capabilities. PowerPoint will be streamlined with video and picture capabilities which will revolutionize presentations.

Though Microsoft is coming up with online capabilities for Office, they don’t have the intention to provide comprehensive online access, which they think can scale down their business. This won’t be a great concern for Google Docs, as they are providing comprehensive access to users. Google considers it as a weaker reply for the Google Chrome OS, which is the core of Microsoft’s business.

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