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[News] SaaS a Viable Replacement for Office Suites

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Google Docs vs. Microsoft Office

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| Microsoft Office is the office suite of choice for millions of users; Google 
| Docs is a web-based office suite that offers superior sharing and 
| collaboration options. Should you switch from Microsoft Office to Google 
| Docs? In this article, Cloud Computing author Michael Miller presents the 
| pros and cons of both suites[md]and helps you decide whether it's time to 
| jump into the world of web-based applications.     
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http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1315442


Recent:

MS doesn't set world alight with Office Live Workspace

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| Microsoft claimed yesterday that one million subscribers have now signed up
| to the beta release of Office Live Workspace.
|
| [...]
|
| And the timing of the firm’s announcement that it has scored what it sees as
| a tasty “customer sign-up milestone” could just be Microsoft’s attempt to
| deflect some attention from shhhh, don’t say it, CHROME, which will be
| integrated with Google's Gears.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/04/office_live_workspace_million_subs/


Google Apps tops 1 million businesses

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| Almost all of the company's revenue comes from its search engine, which last
| quarter accounted for more than $5 billion. New initiatives, such as the
| Chrome browser, Google Gears, and Google Friend Connect, are focused on
| building a mostly open-source Internet operating system out of Google
| technology in order to funnel more user data and targeted advertising
| opportunities into the Googleplex financial engine.
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13953_3-10029861-80.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20


Google Scoops Microsoft: Delivers Mesh First

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| I've been head deep into taking apart Ray Ozzie's Mesh vision for Microsoft,
| putting thoughts to the implications of applications which can live on the
| desktop (installed or virtual apps), streamed, or live entirely in the cloud.
| The competitor for Mesh is obviously Google. Today Google takes a page right
| out of the Ozzie Mesh vision and announces offline access for Google Apps,
| what I call Google Docs "unplugged". Users will now be able to view and edit
| Google Docs word docs, and soon, Google Docs spreadsheets while unplugged
| from the net.      
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http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/26515


Google mounts fresh assault on Microsoft Word

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| The new offline capability of Google's word processor brings it into direct
| competition with Microsoft Word
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http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article3660445.ece


Google Docs Neutralizes Microsoft Office With Offline Access

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| Google Docs' new offline access feature neutralizes a big advantage of
| Microsoft's Office old school desktop centric productivity suite, according
| to solution providers.  
|
| By taking a page out of the Microsoft playbook and offering offline acess,
| Google has in one fell swoop opened the door for Google Docs to be embraced
| by a new group of office productivity workers, said Tyler Dikman, the CEO of
| Cooltronics, a Tampa, Fla. solution provider.    
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http://www.crn.com/software/207001111


Related:

Google brings offline access to Docs and Apps

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| Gears is currently supported in Internet Explorer 6 and above and Firefox 1.5
| and above for Windows XP and Vista, according to Google. Firefox 1.5 and
| above is also supported on Mac OS X 10.2 and above and Linux.
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http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.php?id=211699424&rid=-50


Google hopes Apps will help against Microsoft

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| "A lot of the market has been lulled into thinking that Microsoft was the
| only product for most anything," Girouard said. "In reality, I think our
| products make a lot more sense, especially when you're working in a team
| environment."  
|
| [...]
|
| Genentech, Cardinal Health and Proctor & Gamble are among the large companies
| testing the service.
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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/03/29/BUNVVK3BR.DTL&type=tech


CIA enlists Google's help for spy work

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| US intelligence agencies are using Google's technology to help its agents
| share information about their suspects
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http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article3652494.ece


Microsoft caves, in part, to online computing

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| So it is with great pleasure that the following observation...
|
| "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you
| win," attributed to Mahatma Gandi is also true about high tech vendors and
| how they react to upstart competition.  
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http://weblog.infoworld.com/realitycheck/archives/2008/03/microsoft_caves.html?source=rss


Google manager: Google Apps replaced Microsoft Office at 100,000 businesses

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| Google's newly released online productivity suite Google Apps has
| already replaced Microsoft Office at more than 100,000 small to
| medium enterprises and has been deployed at two of the largest
| companies in the world, according to the search leader's
| enterprise product boss.
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http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/9889/53/


Dumping Office for Google Apps

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| Google has a friend in Disney, and that could leave Microsoft screaming
| like a jilted lover.
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http://videos.webpronews.com/2007/02/07/dumping-office-for-google-apps/


FAA May Ditch Microsoft's Windows Vista And Office For Google And Linux Combo

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| Bowen said he's in talks with the aviation safety agency's main
| hardware supplier, Dell Computer, to determine if it could
| deliver Linux-based computers capable of accessing Google
| Apps through a non-Microsoft browser once the FAA's XP-based
| computers pass their shelf life.
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http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=197800480


Can Google and Linux Topple Microsoft?

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| The story had a certain flair. In early March, the chief information
| officer of the Federal Aviation Administration, David Bowen, was
| reportedly considering forsaking Microsoft Windows and Office in
| favor of the Linux operating system and the Web-based Google Apps
| Premium office suite.
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http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/57534.html


Microsoft's Last Big Beat: Internet Domination or Death

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| What can $44.6B USD mean? Well, for Microsoft (MSFT) it may mean the cost of
| survival.
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http://seekingalpha.com/article/63876-microsoft-s-last-big-beat-internet-domination-or-death?source=yahoo


Apps vs. Office: Google Ups the Ante

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| So apparently do some 100,000 small businesses and organizations that use
| Google's productivity and communications software. Even larger corporations,
| such as General Electric  and Procter & Gamble , are becoming adherents.  
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http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jul2007/tc20070716_231231.htm?campaign_id=yhoo


Three Minutes With Google's Apps Manager

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| This move, which puts it in direct competition with software
| heavyweights like Microsoft, builds on Google's first steps as
| an enterprise vendor years ago when it launched its firs
| enterprise search product.
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20070526/tc_pcworld/132241


Google Apps Catches Flak

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| Microsoft is launching an anti-Google propaganda campaign.
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http://blogs.wsj.com/biztech/2007/09/11/google-apps-catches-flak/?mod=yahoo_hs


Microsoft Retaliates With 10 Reasons Not To Use Google Apps

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| This, of course, brought Google even closer to rivaling Microsoft's Office
| suite, which has now spurred a reaction from the Redmond software giant.
|
| No, its not new software or updates for the popular productivity suite, but
| rather Microsoft's own reasoning on why businesses should NOT use Google
| Apps.  
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http://www.profy.com/2007/09/11/microsoft-retaliates-with-10-reasons-not-to-use-google-apps/


Will Google Loosen Microsoft's Grip on Large Enterprise?

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| It’s got to be frustrating to sit in Redmond today and watch the world go by
| without having much of a grip on it anymore.
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http://biz.yahoo.com/seekingalpha/070910/46884_id.html?.v=1


Out of the office

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| Nobody's better at defending its turf than Microsoft of course, so this will
| not be a quick or easy war.
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http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/commentary-watch-out-microsoft-google/story.aspx?guid=%7BD0EF1345-0BC4-459A-A780-8F861CEEAE40%7D&siteid=yhoof
http://tinyurl.com/2lxuct
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