Despite impressive efforts from several rivals, Microsoft Office still rules the roost when it comes to office software. But can it hang on for much longer?
Let's set the record straight: Windows may have heft. Facebook may have buzz. But there is still no bigger name in the pantheon of global software than Microsoft Office.
On the occasion of today's consumer launch of Office 2010 (downloads starting at $119 for Home and Student, up to $349 for Professional), it's a convenient time to take stock of the franchise. Though it might seem like a simple package -- Word for documents, Excel for spreadsheets, PowerPoint for presentations, Outlook for email, plus a few other goodies -- it is vitally important to Microsoft (MSFT). The software giant's Office-anchored business division accounts for a staggering third of its revenue and more than half of its income. That means it accounts for roughly $20 billion in annual sales.
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Although the name implies that Facebook Docs is something similar to Google Docs, it really is nothing of the sort, at least yet.
At the f8 conference yesterday, Facebook took the wraps off of a way to share documents, spreadsheets and presentation files online with your friends. The service is called Docs.com and powered by Microsoft's Fuse Labs and is currently in Beta. The permissions for the Docs are granted MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 22, 2010 2:26 PM ET
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