Microsoft Feeling the Heat from “Open” Office Products?

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.

~ by D. Dieterle on April 6, 2010.

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