© Anthony Lawrence, aplawrence.com
There was a "Knock-Knock" at Microsoft's door this last Wednesday. "Who's there?", they asked. "Google Docs" was the answer, and that answer may have just signaled the coming end of Microsoft's market domination.
Can't happen, you say? Microsoft Word and Excel are too entrenched, too powerful, too ubiquitous? Well, we'll see.
I've been using these products for a few days prior to their release. I found them (especially the spreadsheets) a little buggy, but wonderfully convenient - especially for opening Microsoft documents on my Mac and Linux machines. Of course Microsoft will quickly try to kill that convenience by changing their formats to make them incompatible, but I don't think that trick is going to work this time. Google has tremendous penetration also and I think use of these web based word processors and spreadsheets is going to mushroom - if Microsoft tries their Power Ranging morphing tricks to sidestep, I think they'll just find they've stepped right out of the game.
Not that Microsoft isn't aware of the seductive allure of web based apps.
Oh, no, of course not: Microsoft wants to do exactly the same thing, with
the only difference being that they want to charge. Right now, though,
in a knee jerk response, Microsoft is playing the "inferior product"
(link dead, sorry)
Google Docs & Spreadsheets Is Here: Microsoft Responds a Microsoft VP
is quoted as saying "The technology they are using has some inherent limits, They are going to hit up against these limits."
Yeah. Let's see: a few hundred bucks and some marginal advantages vs. free. A few hundred bucks and tied to Microsoft operating systems vs. free and platform agnostic. Oh, sure: I'll go with Microsoft.. no, not likely.
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