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Re: [News] Office Giving Up on the Novelty Race

On Sat, 28 Oct 2006 03:20:33 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:

> No Microsoft 'Web Office' on tap, says Ozzie
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| Microsoft is paying attention to Web-based Office suites but does
>| not intend to release one itself in the near future, Microsoft's
>| chief software architect Ray Ozzie told ZDNet's Dan Farber.
> `----
> http://news.com.com/2061-12572_3-6130134.html?part=rss&tag=6130134&subj=news
> This is an utterly stupid (if not suicidal) move, in my humble opinion.
> Bandwidth is increased, mobility is needed more than ever (e.g.
> smartphones), and browser capabilities improve. I guess competing with your
> own cash cow leads to guilt (OpenOffice aside).
> It's about short-term gains (native Office) rather than a look ahead...
> didn't work out well when Gates chose to ignore the Internet back in 1993.
> Microsoft pretends that the desktop as it knows it will never change.

Microsoft has mobile solutions, some of them even web based (ie Sharepoint,
Forms Server, CRM, etc..)

The problem is, Web based office suites are still in their infancy, and
frankly, i'd have to question any use of such tools for anything more
sensitive than a homework assignment.

You're essentially putting your corporate or personal secrets in a
non-scure environment.  Google doesn't promise not to read your documents.
Their employees have access to these documents.  Say you're working on a
proposal for a new product, someone in google runs a fuzzy logic search and
finds your document, then sells the document to your competitor.

I'd say the same of any hosted solution from any company, including

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