Friday, July 18, 2008
I've been hearing rumbling in the last few months about Google's move to Web-based software applications for business that are clones of Microsoft's Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ect).
I've been using Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets for about a year in my classes, which gives students direct access to my notes and other information instead of keeping everything locked on my computer.
And, of course, it's free.
Turns out businesses are starting to get their hands around that whole "it don't cost nothing" idea as well. The Telegraph Media Group announced it was phasing out Microsoft Office products and migrating to Google's applications.
On the surface it doesn't seem like a big deal. But it is. If companies can get comparable solutions for their desktop applications for free, that's going to be a major blow to Microsoft's corporate sales. That's the take from IT Pro, a British-based website for well, IT professionals.
Even more distressing for Microsoft, the move comes as Telegraph overhauls its website as well. In other words, as the company was re-examining its online presence it also evaluated its online presence within its own walls. As companies look to cut costs on technology while expanding their online reach, it's likely we'll see more of this migration of office products to the Web.
Telegraph Digital Drops Office, Picks Up Google Apps By Brad at 10:37 AM