According to Google’s representative, Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 will be improved with the help of its Docs. Being a multinational public cloud computing, Google enables Microsoft Office documents to be saved and remained form. In addition, Google wants to lend Microsoft a hand by integrating its new technology called DocVerse into future Office documents.
However, Microsoft’s senior product manager Alex Payne refused all the above information. When changing Office document’s format for customers to read and edit easily, Google Docs will also alter its elements such as fonts, style, charts, and etc. Meanwhile, Web browser based on Office applications changes nothing in Office 2010 documents.
Microsoft Business Division’s president Stephen Elop claimed that cooperation between Microsoft and Google was impossible. The suggestion of Google only expressed its immaturity and business inexperience. According to Mr. Elop, similar to every company, Microsoft never has intention to share or combine its own technology.
Being a free online application, Google Docs can cure Microsoft’s disease to pride of its low price products. Compared to 50$ which enterprises currently owning Office 2003 or 2007 pay for Google’s user license, the price of $499 spent on Office 2010 is much more expensive. Besides new version of Office, customers have to give money to Sharepoint 2010, user license and others.
After releasing Office 2010, Microsoft has received a lot of positive responses from customers. It seems that the price of Office 2010 is not a serious matter to both Microsoft and its loyal customers. Nonetheless, due to the economic downturn, Google, famous for many free and cheap applications, is still a powerful rival for Microsoft. For small or low-budget companies, Google’s products are really ideal choices.