Microsoft launches new Office, duels Google online

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 5:12 am

Microsoft Corp launched an updated version of its Office software on Wednesday, aiming to keep its grip on the hugely profitable business application market while countering the challenge of free online alternatives from Google Inc.

The world’s largest software company is upgrading its popular Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint applications and rolling out its own online versions to keep up with the new class of mobile, Web-connected users that has emerged since the last upgrade in 2006.

Microsoft announced several improvements on Wednesday, such as editing photos in Word, using video in PowerPoint, collaborating on documents and connecting email contacts to Facebook information.

But the biggest change is Microsoft’s move into the “cloud” — allowing users to manipulate documents stored on remote servers from anywhere — where Google has been setting the pace.


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