Microsoft Office 2010 Battles Google Docs In The Cloud

Posted May 12, 2010

Today Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) launched the Office 2010 software. There are now new versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. There is photo editing features in Word, video capabilities in PowerPoint, and improvements in document collaboration. However the most noteworthy feature is the software giant’s move into cloud servers, a place where Google reigns supreme through Google Docs & Spreadsheets.

When people buy Office 2010, they will have immediate access to Microsoft Office Web Apps and will be able to use online versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Documents can be saved online instantly as well. This is a huge change for Microsoft’s 500 million existing Office customers. Google Docs has gained about 25 million users since they launched about 4 years ago. Consumers will be able to buy copies of Office 2010 starting next month at a cost of $100-$500.