Internet search king Google has launched a free word processing and spreadsheet program that could dissuade computer users from shelling out for Microsoft’s Office desktop productivity package.
Dubbed Google Docs & Spreadsheets, the package blends the Writely online wordprocessing software, which Google bought in March, with spreadsheet software it debuted in June.
The software requires an internet-connected computer to work and runs within a web browser pointed at the docs.google.com address. Users must register with Google.
Google’s grab for an extra slice of computer desktop real-estate comes as Microsoft gears up for the simultaneous launch of its long-delayed Windows Vista operating system and Office 7.0 desktop applications suite. The Microsoft products are set for launch to business users in November and consumers in January.
Source: Australian IT
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