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As part of a strategic companywide shift toward embracing web-based solutions, Microsoft today announced plans to deliver Office Web applications – lightweight versions of Office – through web browsers.
As part of the next release of Office, we’re announcing that Microsoft will deliver Office Web applications - lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote - through a browser. With these new applications, people can use a browser to create, edit, and collaborate on Office documents. What’s great is that this provides a consistent Office experience when and where our customers want it, regardless of whether they are accessing their Office documents through the PC, phone, or browser.
They are busy guarding the barn door while the cows are being airlifted through the roof.
If they made it work with any browser on any platform, I'd applaud them, but you just know it's somehow going to try to tie us to their platform or a particular technology of theirs they want to protect/bolster. It's certainly their right to do so, but I'll argue, that's one of the reasons they are chasing the competition and not leading anything as far as their online offerings go.
but you just know it's somehow going to try to tie us to their platform or a particular technology of theirs they want to protect/bolster
Which is what I meant by mentioning Silverlight.
MS can't seem to accept anyone else dominating a software market segment. Adobe controls nearly all of interactive online graphics and don't forget the SWF/FLV video market -- which is huge and growing.
MS may get people to install Silverlight for Office charts, graphs, presentations, etc -- but I believe it's a sideways move to cut into Adobe's market. It's about the only way MS can get the Silverlight plugin onto a wide installed base -- that and shoving it down people's throat in their browser and OS.
Next: Silverlight in cereal boxes, a CD with a few "Requires Silverlight plug-in games".