The long awaited web MS Office is here now. The MS Office has dominated desktops with their Office suite for close to two decades now. Its rich applications like MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint have made the corporate world so dependent that these executive can’t dream of working without MS Office suite today. The present version Office 2007 was an improvement over the earlier Office XP and Office 2003. But Google and Zoho have been eating in to Microsoft’s share on the pretext of their online availability. Microsoft had promised to move over to cloud sometime back and have now offered MS Office web apps for free. The apps offers seamless integration from desktop to cloud and then back. No doubt Google Docs have been able to gain 4 percent market share since its launch in 2006 purely on its being offered online. But Microsoft even wants to have its complete dominance over there. Web Office apps like Google Docs is free with all its basic features. Web version may not offer all the features which are available in desktop MS Office presently.
In its present form Macros, adding comments and features like automated table of contents won’t be there but definitely users can bring their documents back to desktop for having full range and after working on their documents, they can send it back to the cloud.
Web Apps would also offer users to share and co-author documents. But complete range of all desktop features and some more would come at a price. Users desirous of having complete range can upgrade to the paid version online.
This is one of many instances where Google and Microsoft have entered in to each others territory. Microsoft has been spending heavily on its search engine Bing while Google has tried to lure users with online Office suite.