Most Read Technology Reporter For More Than Two Decades

Maureen O'Gara

Subscribe to Maureen O'Gara: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Maureen O'Gara: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Article

Office Finally Gets To Meet the Browser

Having been kept apart like Romeo and Juliet, Microsoft Office is finally getting to meet the browser

Having been kept apart like Romeo and Juliet, Microsoft Office is finally getting to meet the browser. Google made the introductions.

The next version of Office, a rev called Office 14, will include lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that work on the Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari and open source Firefox browsers.

Microsoft said so at its Professional Developers Conference Tuesday morning and gave a brief demo calling them “Office Web Applications.” The documents look just like Office documents down to the watermark.

When Office 14 can be depended on to finally get to market is anybody’s guess – it could be 18 months from now – but there is supposed to be a closely held technology preview later this year and talk of a beta early next year.

The webified apps, a catch-up to Google Apps, Zoho and others, are supposed to let users view, edit and collaborate through the browser and synch up (complements of REST) whether on a PC, the web or the phone.

They are expected to have more functionality than Google’s Apps but not an offline mode, protecting Microsoft’s full desktop interests. Apparently Microsoft has been showing the stuff to large account under NDA to ward incursions from Google.

Consumers will get delivery through Office Live, which is currently either ad- or subscription-based and can potentially provide storage. Business customers will get access either as a fee-based hosted subscription or as part of their existing volume licenses via SharePoint.

Office is now Microsoft’s biggest money maker, ahead of even Windows. Last year, which ended in June, it generated $18.9 billion in revenues and kicked in $12.4 billion in earnings.

More Stories By Maureen O'Gara

Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.