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UPDATED: InfoWorld: Microsoft plans to take Office applications online

Sep 05, 1999, 00:26 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Orenstein)

"Microsoft Corp. President Steve Ballmer today said the company plans to make office productivity applications available over the Web, but the demand for the service among corporate users appears limited, several observers said.

"Microsoft's announcement that it will host its Office suite of applications on the Web follows an announcement by Sun Microsystems Inc. that it will provide office applications from Star Division, which it plans to acquire...

"... the exposure of office applications to Web browsers could be of interest to users of platforms such as Linux, where Microsoft Office doesn't run. Wohl said because Linux will likely gain acceptance regardless of whether Microsoft offers applications that run on it, Microsoft might as well gain revenue by offering Office to users."

"In Thursday's conference call, Microsoft executives added that they plan to narrow the focus of the company's myriad online ventures so they can focus on driving more traffic to Web access and content services."

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