Google Is Just the Beginning of Microsoft's Online App Worries

By Steve Bryant  |  Posted 2006-09-22 Print this article Print

Microsoft is mulling putting Microsoft Works online in an attempt to compete with Google, says Reuters, but that's actually old news.  According to Microsoft's annual 10-K filing, Microsoft is not only worried about Google, but also:

Should Microsoft be worried that an online version of Works would cannibalize sales of desktop apps? I don't understand how that could happen. There's just no way I would use an online word processor without some kind of backup on my hard drive (for when I'm in a Wi-Fi dead zone). And there are always documents you don't want to put on the Web. Besides, it's my understanding that Microsoft derives most of its Office revenue from enterprise sales. I don't see that wellspring drying up any time soon.

Bottom line: If Microsoft doesn't put Office online, then it'll miss out on serving users who will have no other choice than to use the companies named above. |

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