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Microsoft Office 365 Suite Fights its Way to the Top

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November 07, 2012

Microsoft Office 365 Suite Fights its Way to the Top

By Monica Gleberman, Contributing Writer

Microsoft (News - Alert) Office has been competing against other popular programs on the market since it was first launched and now will be reaching its 22nd anniversary milestone this year. Since the creation of the suite, over two decades ago, Microsoft has challenged itself to remain on top by going head to head with its rivals and introducing a fully portable online system called Office 365.

The company, which has released its traditional suite in over 30 languages, updated its numerous times over the years in order to offer consumers the latest capabilities available. Further, the technology giant even went up against, Google (News - Alert) to create a product that could improve upon Google’s online component, Google Drive. Not only did Microsoft create a product that does all the things Google Drive does, but also built upon it to include project management, database, desktop publishing and more.

Office 365 lets users to view all of their favorite traditional suite programs through an online Web browser. it also allows access to all vital data and documents from anywhere at any time. Included in the online program is everything from MS Project, MS Access and MS Publisher to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The cloud-based productivity platform comes at a relatively low cost – just $4 per person – making it one of the cheapest on the market.

Talha Khalid, writer for Internet Evolution, revealed in a recent article that the Office 365 provider won’t be slowing down any time soon. “Google has the power to convert its search and e-mail users into Google Docs users. It already has one billion search users and 400 million Gmail users. This makes Gmail the most widely used Web-based e-mail service in the world. Suddenly, despite decades of Office domination, Microsoft does not appear invincible.”

Even though things may seem bleak, Microsoft still has some fight left. Office 365 is showing signs of improvement as more and more users begin switching over to the solution. Consumers like the ability to constantly have their content on-the-go. The service is also offered for free to universities and other educational institutions that plan on taking advantage of the portability Office 365 offers. So, I wouldn’t count Microsoft out just yet.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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