Microsoft has further embraced the cloud and will offer it’s hugely popular Microsoft Office solution as a cloud based application. This is a major admission by Microsoft, showing an understanding that it needs to address Google Apps which has a small but growing marketing share. Considering the billions of dollars in sales of MS Office, Microsoft is hoping that their cloud based Office 365 won’t cannibalize desktop Office sales, which seems like a reasonable guess, at least in the short term. The pricing currently listed on Microsoft’s website is $6 per month with a guarantee of 99.9% up time.
With progressively more work taking place in the cloud, this is a bet that Microsoft needs to make. Other than Office, everything this blogger, writer and businessman uses is in the cloud, certainly not anomalous to many people and businesses today. The market seemed to respond favorably to this announcement with strong gain for the week, the largest Microsoft has seen in some time. Only time will tell if this is a bet Microsoft will win. So much time has elapsed with cloud computing developments that Microsoft’s progress reminds me of a Joni Mitchell song:
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all