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The Problems with Attempted Office Shift to the Web

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Summary: News and analysis about Microsoft's re-announcement that it has a service-oriented Office suite

THIS story can be presented as a series of self-explanatory reports.

Microsoft Cannibalizes Itself in Fight for Revenue

Microsoft (MSFT) Office is a cash cow that provides $15+ billion in revenue to the company. Thus far it‘s been more immune to open source competition than, say, Microsoft server and mobile phone operating systems, which compete with Linux and Android (and LiMo and Symbian) respectively.


Microsoft Sacrifices Office to Save Windows

Apple’s OS X doesn’t pose as serious of a threat to Windows as Linux does. Apple and Microsoft can happily exist as long as Apple is content to skim the cream off the top and let Microsoft have the rest. Heck, Microsoft NEEDS Apple to not appear like a monopoly. Steve Ballmer and Steve Jobs probably play golf together and laugh at how people think they’re competitors.


The Hidden Cost of Microsoft's 'Free' Online Office Suite

Likewise with Office 2010 online, you can get some of it for free, but you still have to pay a premium if you actually want to make it useful. Free online Office 2010 is like getting four free tires without the car, and having to pay full price for the car (including the cost of the tires).


Cisco Considers Taking on Microsoft's Office Suite

Cisco Senior Vice President Doug Dennerline said on Tuesday his company may develop a service that would allow business users to create documents they could draft and share through its WebEx meeting and collaboration service.


Microsoft Office users attacked by cybercriminals

Microsoft Corp warned that cybercriminals have attacked users of its Office software for Windows PCs, exploiting a programming flaw that the software giant has yet to repair.

The world’s largest software maker issued the warning Tuesday as it released patches to address nine other security holes in its software.


According to that last report from Reuters, "Microsoft Office users [are] attacked by cybercriminals" because Microsoft fails to patch its software on time. Moreover, Microsoft still relies on third parties to offer patches.

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