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Who will win the workplace productivity suite war -- Microsoft or Google?

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http://www.downloadsquad.com – Filed under: Internet, Office, Google, Microsoft, web 2.0 In just four months, Microsoft will release Office 2010, and with it changes the entire outlook of Web apps and cloud computing. Driven by the newbie president of Microsoft's Business Division, Stephen Elop is performing the greatest about-face for the largest-profit-producing software suite ever -- Office produced a profit of $19 billion dollars last year, representing an utterly crazy 64 percent profit margin. Office isn't giving up on installed applications -- they can't, not with that kind of profit margin -- but with Office 2010 we will see Microsoft's first foray into Web applications. All of the primary applications -- Word, Excel, Access -- will have web-based counterparts, and so far they look good. But is it too little too late? Will Google's expertise in the arena be enough to keep abreast of the massive amount of capital Microsoft's about to plough into web services? Google offers a great package to businesses -- $50 per person, per year -- but are their nascent web apps enough to satisfy the businesses that utilize the wider gamut of Office's capabilities? Are the two million businesses already with Google the less-demanding ma-and-pa small-business sector? Though Office revenues have dropped in the last year (no doubt losing some customers to Google) I would expect Microsoft to gain back everyone they've lost -- and then some. Neither Microsoft or Google are in the business to lose money, after all, and Microsoft surely has an advantage when it comes to office productivity. But will that edge give them enough to beat off Google's superior web savvy? Let's not forget this war will be fought on the mobile phone too: you'll be able to edit your Office documents on your iPhone or BlackBerry! 4.5 million people have tried the Office 2010 beta (it's available for download again, if you haven't given it a go yet!) -- so far, reviews have been very complimentary, but as always it will be the consumers that decide whether Google or Microsoft win this next war. Choose wisely!Who will win the workplace productivity suite war -- Microsoft or Google? originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 19 Feb 2010 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments (General)