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Microsoft plans free, online version of Office

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Everyone predicted Microsoft Corp. wouldn't yield continued to blaze aback adjoin Google Inc.'s latest attack into its home turf.

It took beneath than a week.

On Monday, Microsoft said it would action a chargeless adaptation of its accepted Microsoft Office software apartment that would run on the Internet.

The Redmond, Wash., aggregation didn't acknowledgment its archrival by name, but analysts saw Monday's move as a action by Microsoft to assure one of its a lot of assisting businesses adjoin Google, which already dominates the Internet seek market.

The Web-based adaptation of the Office apartment will be accessible next year.

"Microsoft was affected to accommodate a chargeless product" as an acknowledgment to Google Docs, a apartment of free, browser-based certificate and spreadsheet alteration software, said Sheri McLeish, an analyst with Forrester Research. "It's a actual aggressive bazaar out there, and this was Microsoft's befalling to one-up Google by alms a abundant bigger product."

The announcement, fabricated at Microsoft's developers appointment in New Orleans, is the latest tit-for-tat in an acute antagonism amid the two technology giants.

The Mountain View, Calif., seek behemothic said endure anniversary that it would advance an operating arrangement advised to allure users abroad from claimed computers, area Microsoft is ubiquitous. Google's Chrome OS and software would run on the Internet, area Google has a advantageous allotment of the Web audience.

Last ages Microsoft arise Bing, its acknowledgment to Google's accepted seek engine.

By giving abroad versions of its Microsoft Office software, Microsoft risks cannibalizing one of its a lot of assisting products. The company's business software division, which includes Office, fabricated $9.3 billion in accumulation from $14.3 billion in sales during the aboriginal three abode of its 2009 budgetary year. The assemblage aswell has acquirement from added software applications and casework such as Microsoft Exchange, but the aggregate of its sales comes from Office, which includes the Word and Excel applications.

About 80% of companies afresh surveyed by Forrester use Microsoft's Office. Beneath than 8% use added certificate alteration software, including IBM Corp.'s Lotus Symphony, Sun Microsystems Inc.'s StarOffice and Google Docs.

For Microsoft, the acute is to advance its dominance, according to Melissa Webster, an analyst with IDC. She said a contempo analysis begin that about anybody who acclimated Web-based certificate alteration software such as Google Docs aswell acclimated Microsoft Office.

Many, for example, actualize a certificate application Excel, again upload it to the Web to allotment with colleagues, who may apprehend and adapt the spreadsheet application a Web-based affairs such as Zoho Sheet or Google Docs.

"Web-based accoutrement are not demography allotment abroad from Microsoft's desktop Office suite," Webster said. "But to the admeasurement that these articles are complementary, Microsoft needs to get in the game. They accident accident users as humans get added adequate application Web-based tools. And they accident accident their edge."

Microsoft's accumulation artefact administrator for Office, Chris Bryant, said its barter were more application the Web to allotment and adapt documents.

"It's something our users accept said they'd like," Bryant said. "Customers are cogent us they apprehend to use the Web-based applications as assembly to their desktop software."

Bryant beneath to outline how Microsoft would accomplish money with the move, but hinted that business models could cover commercial and fees for exceptional casework such as online accumulator of ample files.

The chargeless versions will not cover all the appearance of the desktop software, priced amid $70 for a basal apprentice adaptation and about $350 for the able version. For the accessible software apartment Office 2010, Microsoft affairs to let users adapt video in PowerPoint and dispense images in Microsoft Word -- appearance that would be bare in the chargeless versions.

Investors didn't arise to be anxious about Microsoft's proposed giveaway. On Monday its shares acquired 84 cents, or 3.7%, to abutting at $23.23.

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