With competition from Google Apps and Open Office increasing, and all the talk about “Cloud Computing” hurting Microsoft, it appears that Microsoft is trying a different tactic. They are providing versions of their next Office suite for free.
“In addition to the free, browser-based Office Web Apps, Microsoft is also offering PC makers the ability to install a basic version of Office on new computers. The new program, Office Starter, includes a stripped-down version of Word and Excel. PC makers, retailers and Microsoft can all make money if the PC buyer later upgrades to a paid version of Office.”
Read the full story at cnet.com.