Thursday, November 6, 2008

Further evidence of the coming of cloud computing

Microsoft announcement 31 October 2008

“As part of a strategic companywide shift toward embracing web-based solutions, Microsoft today announced plans to deliver Office Web applications – lightweight versions of Office – through web browsers.”


and


“Microsoft will deliver Office Web applications - lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote - through a browser. With these new applications, people can use a browser to create, edit, and collaborate on Office documents.”


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“we will offer Office Web applications as a hosted subscription service and through existing volume licensing agreements.”


and


“Together, these new tools enable new styles of community-based collaboration where multiple people can contribute simultaneously to various work through the internet.”


So there you have it. Before long Office will be available from the cloud as subscription from Microsoft. Interestingly, it is my understanding that the same web technology will be available to be deployed inside an organization. Thus, instead of Office on every workstation, you’ll have a server providing Office Web products. Won’t know until the product ships but that wouldn’t be half bad I reckon.


If Microsoft are making a “strategic companywide shift toward web-based solutions” are you? Even if you are only dipping your toe in the water, that’s better than nothing! If you need assistance with what’s available or what suits your business then just contact me.