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Microsoft Office Gets SaaS-y

It seems that everything else is going the software as a service route, why not Microsoft Office? The software giant is ready to put its Office suite online, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Called Microsoft Equipt, the suite will join the company's online offerings of Windows Live Mail, Messenger, OneCare and Photo Gallery.
Each $69.99 one-year subscription will cover up to three home PCs, Microsoft said.
"Certainly the initial move is to capture more consumer eyeballs," says AMR Research analyst Jim Murphy. "Though it's unclear at this point what the next version of Office will look like, it's likely that it will include a mechanism for Microsoft or its partners to monetize its widespread use--whether that's through advertising or selling other value-added services."
Source: CRM Daily, http://www.crm-daily.com

It seems that everything else is going the software as a service route, why not Microsoft Office? The software giant is ready to put its Office suite online, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Called Microsoft Equipt, the suite will join the company's online offerings of Windows Live Mail, Messenger, OneCare and Photo Gallery.
Each $69.99 one-year subscription will cover up to three home PCs, Microsoft said.
"Certainly the initial move is to capture more consumer eyeballs," says AMR Research analyst Jim Murphy. "Though it's unclear at this point what the next version of Office will look like, it's likely that it will include a mechanism for Microsoft or its partners to monetize its widespread use--whether that's through advertising or selling other value-added services."
Source: CRM Daily, http://www.crm-daily.com