Wired: Sun Move Raises MS Eyebrows

“Two days after rival Sun Microsystems unveiled a plan to
publish word processing and spreadsheet applications for free over
the Web, Microsoft executives said they’re considering a similar

‘We certainly will have Web-based office productivity services,’
Microsoft President Steve Ballmer said during a press conference
Thursday morning, when asked whether the company plans to offer its
top-selling Office software line over the Web.”

“The mere fact that Microsoft… is considering such a move
could mark a sea change in the market for providing popular
software for office-type applications.”