I have heard that Microsoft headed to Web Office for a long time. However, they don’t really want to do that since they got huge profit from their off-line Office packages. Until recently, when Google announced Presentation as the enhancement of Google Docs on the web, Microsoft realized they have to pay more attention on Web Office markets. The market has not been blue ocean. There were quite a lot sharks there.
Google is the biggest one in my opinion. Google has already combined Google Docs to Google Apps package, which includes Gmail, Calendar, Docs&Spreadsheet and Presentation. This type of web application attracted many small businesses, enterprises and institutions. For me, I’d like to discuss small project with people on Google Docs. Why not, it’s more visualized than MSN or other Instant Messenger. The most attractive thing in here is, everyone can participate composing document and save a lot of time to transfer revision files.
Google Presentation Screen Shot
Google SpreadSheet Screen Shot
ZOHO is another one and actually, ZOHO provide more sophisticated web application to their customers. People still concern about several issues when they really work online. The question will be such as
- where is the web application host server, intranet or the Internet?
- How to protect our business data?
- How to enhance web security?
ZOHO Main Page Screen Shot
Now, here comes Microsoft Office Live. I don’t even doubt their products. Only thing I really concern is, What the strategies of marketing for promoting Office Live and Office 2007 at the same time. Until now, unlike Google, Microsoft did not put Office Live link onto Windows Live. What does Microsoft expect too much for Office Live? We’ll see.
Since Web Office give people chances to easy collaboration and communication, more people will adopt this kind of web application sooner or later. Therefore, entering this market will be, better late than never.
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