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Google rolls out Cloud Connect rival to Office

Google Inc., taking aim at Microsoft Corp.’s  lucrative Office franchise, plans to release a free tool allowing users to transfer files from the widely used software suite to the Web so that multiple people can edit and collaborate on them.

The long-anticipated move is intended to bolster one of Google’s fastest-growing businesses not related to its popular search engine — selling online software to companies. The company’s Google Apps offering includes online word-processing, spreadsheet and collaboration tools used through a Web browser that are part of a service called Google Docs. They compete with Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Get the full story »

Microsoft rolls out free Web version of Office

McClatchy-Tribune News | In a leap toward cloud computing Tuesday,
Microsoft started rolling out Office Web Apps, a free online version of
Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Users can create, review and collaborate on Word documents,
spreadsheets, slide shows and notes without purchasing the software. The
applications run through a Web browser, which makes it accessible from
any computer, be it a Mac or a PC, with or without installed Office

Launching a free version of Office is a major step for Microsoft.

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