Microsoft Office Forced to Go Free

Who would have thought that Microsoft would one day be the pawn that they once played when they took out Borland by undercutting all of their software. Microsoft is not only being forced to offer their software for free but they are being forced to adopt Google’s business strategy. That is not necessarily bad, it is just that Microsoft will be at a great disadvantage while they try to learn the advertising based software revenue market. Great potential though with their huge installed based dabbling with this free online version with the potential to generate a healthy advertising profit. Let’s hope Microsoft does well enough to at least create a stalemate for competition. That is how we will all come out the winners.

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith is currently the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on July 14, 2009, in Google, Microsoft. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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