Ashlee Vance for The New York Times:

It is now available for businesses. Microsoft has said that Office will range in price from a limited, free Web version supported by ads to a full-blown version that costs $500, both to be available to consumers in June. Most analysts say they think Microsoft will hold on to its near monopoly on productivity software.

This is a smart move by Microsoft, but one question I keep asking myself is: if a company wants to move to a web based product, why would they pay Microsoft almost $500, instead of paying Google next to nothing (in comparison)?


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