homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.211.100.183
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Pubcon Platinum Sponsor 2014
Home / Forums Index / WebmasterWorld / Webmaster General
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: phranque

Webmaster General Forum

    
Microsoft Office On The Web
For Large Businesses
engine

WebmasterWorld Administrator engine us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month Best Post Of The Month



 
Msg#: 3466109 posted 4:18 pm on Oct 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

In another clear sign that Microsoft sees the threat posed by its traditional business moving online, the company is readying a rival to Google's Documents and Spreadsheets.

The software maker is announcing Office Live Workspace, a free online tool for viewing, sharing and storing--but not editing--Office documents online. (It's existing Office Live efforts will be rebranded as Office Live Small Business.) It's not quite ready--starting Monday customers will be able to put in their name to be part of a beta testing program expected to begin later this year.

Microsoft Office Heading to the Web [news.com]

This will be a useful collaboration tool, although, without editing capability it kind of limits its usefulness.

 

rogerd

WebmasterWorld Administrator rogerd us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3466109 posted 7:28 pm on Oct 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

I suspect editing capability will come if Microsoft starts feeling a real pinch from fully functional online suites.

This provides document accessiblity from anywhere, which is at least a step in the right direction. This lets them postpone the inevitable decision of how to charge, or whether to charge at all, for online document creation and editing.

WesleyC

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3466109 posted 8:03 pm on Oct 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

Regardless of this tool's functionality, if they charge for it they will rapidly drive most people to Google Docs & Spreadsheets, simply because it's free.

skipfactor

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3466109 posted 9:07 pm on Oct 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

I think it will drive people to Google Docs now. Most Office users snicker at online 'suites'; this legitimizes it a bit and the Google suite isn't read-only.

pontifex

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3466109 posted 9:18 pm on Oct 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

As a Linux geek I have all the necessary objections, but I fear that MS will roll out real good stuff in the next 10 years which will earn the trust of the Blue Chips...

I like the results Live produces at the moment, it is getting better all the time. I think the Live Office will spawn some interest in the life of Joe Average for online collab tools and the only thing, that really is missing is some speed from MS. If they solve their slacky first tries they might gain significant market share in the next 3 years!

2 pennies!
P.

Receptional

WebmasterWorld Administrator receptional us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3466109 posted 8:38 am on Oct 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

[sidebar]
As a Linux geek I have all the necessary objections, but I fear that MS will roll out real good stuff in the next 10 years which will earn the trust of the Blue Chips...
I like the results Live produces at the moment, it is getting better all the time.

My guess is that there will be people in Redmond who will sleep just a little easier at night with a comment like that! I've seen these guys agonizing over their quality issues and seeing a Linux geek saying "better" is going to be a welcome breath of fresh air.
[/sidebar]

Office already has some elements of a live version - but more the Outlook stuff and also some project management tools. I would expect they will combine a paid model with an ad supported model so the choice is yours. I hate ads. Even live space has a non-ad model if you get the credit card out.

Monkey

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3466109 posted 3:06 pm on Oct 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

Knowledge of support if things go wrong.....corporates tend to go the Msoft route due to this. It would appear that Linux has not quite got the whole deal due to support issues and the expense of development.

Hearsay

[edited by: Monkey at 3:07 pm (utc) on Oct. 2, 2007]

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  
 

Home / Forums Index / WebmasterWorld / Webmaster General
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved