Neowin cites insiders who claim the Redmond-based company will announce details of Office 2010 and its Office web applications on Monday, July 13 at its Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, while other publications speculate that Google’s timing in announcing its Chrome OS was an effort to steal Microsoft’s thunder.
The story right now is that Microsoft will provide us with a little more information about Office Web, the company’s answer to Google Docs, which essentially brings as much of Microsoft’s Office suite to a browser as possible. This in turn will enable users to create, edit and share documents online.
VentureBeat also notes that Business Week’s June 24 cover story on Steve Ballmer and Office 2010 notes that Microsoft would offer details about its plans related to Office 2010 on July 13. It looks like Monday is shaping up to be a big day for Microsoft. Is anyone interested in seeing what Microsoft has to offer? Let us know in the comments below!
If you guys missed the oddly Hollywood “trailer” for Office 2010 we posted yesterday, you can check it out here.
You really shouldn't unless you have confidential documents in which you need to protect while running Windows Server 2008 to manage networks in small business.
Otherwise you can choose between IBM Lotus Symphony (Free download) and OpenOffice.
In addition, you obviously do not utilize Office that often, crom, because 2003 to 2007 was in no way "minor." Excel alone added much-needed formula creation (sumifs, countifs, etc.). The "ribbon" is ingenious. Not too happy about less macro support, but you can't have everything.
Lotus is a bit player, at best. OpenOffice poaches MS Office's extensions...if MS decided to sue Sun over the use of their extensions, everyone would be up in arms about "evil" Microsoft, even though Sun is using MS IP. Plus, it is inefficient at best, especially with spreadsheets. Google Docs is a rich text editor that hasn't even come close to maturation yet.
Office is TOTALLY worth $150 for the entry version, and, with larger companies, the Pro and Standard versions are worth every penny. God forbid a company attempts to recoup their research and development costs AND attempt to make a profit in a free-market environment, all while producing a product used by 80% of the population that utilizes such programs (450 million sales of Office vs. 15 million individual Google Docs users).
OpenOffice is a great product that can do 95% of what MS can. However, it still doesn't look as slick as MS and IMO that could always be the deal breaker in a business setting. I often write papers in OO but then publish them in MS because of better looking fonts and a better grammar check.
So their target is the casual user that is using Google Docs now. These are the people that just want something simple and free. How are they proposing to squeeze money out of this crowd?
Sir, we are still seeing a largely free market in effect here. If people really liked Open Office equal to or better than MS Office they would definitely save their money, especially in the economy's present state. It's not a monopoly. I don't have to buy Office if I don't want to. I can buy Word Perfect, iWork, or use Open Office and a few others for free if I want. Microsoft's monopoly issues arise when they bundle their own stuff right along with the OS, quelling the need for you to look elsewhere for a particular solution, thus severely hindering the competition's business.
Most computers simply come with an Office trial, as well as a crapload of other trial software. If you like it, you still gotta buy it. I actually bought one of the new Macbook Pro's for photo editing on the go, and because it came with the free iPod at my school. They suckered me into the iWork deal they had going where it was pretty cheap after mail in rebates, and I thought that iWork 09 would at least be close to as good as Office 2004 for what I needed in class.
i tried it and it sucks like you wouldn't believe. "Office compatible" they say ??? YEAH RIGHT!!! I was so upset with how crappy of a suite iWork was, that I actually convinced my school's bookstore to let me exchange it for regular ol' Office 2008. Their Apple direct rep was very nice about it. Not only does Office 2008 completely wipe the floor with iWork, but it has VAST improvements that benefit me as a student and regular home use EVERY DAY.
It was, however MY FREE CHOICE. Take your monopoly BS elsewhere. I payed the extra money and went through the extra hassle to get Office because it's just FLAT BETTER than anything else out there. You don't want to pay? Don't pay. If it's worth $150 dollars to someone, then it's WORTH $150!!! It's totally determined by market and competition. Semi-viable competitors like Open Office and others are part of the reason they made discounted home versions more accessible to the public and retail stores in the first place, and promotions abound. I've seen it in B&M stores for as low as $59 with the purchase of a new PC or $79 without on sales that happen every year. You want it free? Be my guest, but this would only be a monopoly if you didn't have other options. The fact that some of the options don't give people what they want is not Microsoft's fault. Come up with something more appealing/valuable and I'll buy it. Obviously for you that's Open Office. Guess what? It's a free market and a free country so you can use Open Office ALL YOU WANT.