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September 25, 2006

Microsoft

by @ 8:26 am. Filed under Technology

LOOK OUT! Microsoft is under attack…the attackers? Google and Company and they are coming at the software giant from about every imaginable direction. Everyday, Explorer the company’s Internet browser, loses numerous surfers to Mozilla’s Firefox.
Sun Microsystems’ Open Office and Google’s Writely are the latest to force Microsoft to rethink its business plan. Both these competitors provide consumers free downloadable word processing and spreadsheet programs. This is cutting into Microsoft’s profits… But Bill Gates isn’t saying “uncle” just yet. In a major policy shift Microsoft has decided to offer a web based version of its highly popular word processing and spreadsheet programs (Microsoft Office Suite). Yes, Microsoft is offering the programs free…but advertising will provide the financing…and the user won’t get the real deal. The free download is a watered down version of the hugely popular Office. Microsoft’s Office Suite dominates the software market. Currently, Microsoft generates about 25% of its revenue from sales of Office Suite. Interestingly, Microsoft plans to offer a new version of Office in 2007… But that one you’ll have to pay for.

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