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Microsoft to Give Away Office For Free!

July 13, 2009

Microsoft has just made a move that may be the best, or the worst, thing ever.   No longer will you have to call up your dad to find that CD you stored for him in the study in the bookcase but under the TurboTax Box in the blank case.  Microsoft Office is going to be free!!!!

More after the jump.

In the past few years, Google’s online services have attempted to cut into the Microsoft Office market with Google Docs and OpenOffice (for those of you who know what that is) is actually getting better.  Some people are thinking this move is too late, but I have a feeling that for those who have abandoned Microsoft Office in recent years, if nothing else, because it costs too much, will come running back.

The article above, and the Wall Street Journal, are reporting that the programs will be online versions.  The idea is that they’ll penetrate the online market without jeopardizing sales of their product.  Until the product comes out, enjoy the following video from CollegeHumor instead.

I love this:


2 Comments leave one →
  1. andrewjshults permalink
    July 13, 2009 10:53 pm

    If Word (online) actually preserves formatting (unlike Google Docs) it’ll be very useful (especially on netbooks – heck, apparently even on Chrome OS). I currently have Office 2007 (the core stuff – word, excel, powerpoint) installed on my Asus 1000HE and it runs fine but is a bit of overkill, but Google Docs doesn’t actually understand how to properly format a document so its kind of useless except for notes and general collaberation (which it’ll still be good for).

    Not sure where the current heads of Microsoft development came from, but the current lineup of products coming out of MS are probably some of their best ever (if not in general). If they can get WM7 to be anywhere nearly as successful as these upcoming launches they are going to get rid of the one big weakness in their current line up.

  2. January 10, 2010 8:00 am

    Microsoft to Give Away Office For Free! .Thanks for nice post.I added to my twitter.

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