Competition and Microsoft Office – an Onsite Opinion

July 7, 2008

As a business reared in the Austrian school of economic thought, Onsite Computer loves competition between market behemoths like Microsoft, Google, IBM and others.  Competition enriches any environment for consumers in a free, capitalistic society.  The latest poignant example of competition among the titans of technology is Microsoft’s response to free productivity software offered by Google, IBM, and others in the cloud.

Microsoft’s reply to free web-based software, called Equipt, offers the Home and Student Office suite of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, plus a plethora of other applications, including OneCare, Messenger, and PhotoGallery, as a subscription for ~$70 per year.  Equipt is supposedly targeted at small businesses; however from Onsite’s experience, the most productive Office component for small business, Outlook, is not included.

Onsite’s business clients all utilize the full version of Office.  Some contend the total cost of ownership of Microsoft Office is less than the subscription price of Equipt, so Microsoft attempts to sweeten their cloud-computing offering with a few extras:  OfficeLive can be installed on three PCs, and Microsoft includes its anti-virus service OneCare.  Additionally, Microsoft claims OfficeLive will eliminate customer frustration with software installation and update maintenance.

Microsoft plans to market Equipt in the retail channel through stores like Circuit City.  Although Onsite Computer loves the idea of competition, we see the distribution of Equipt through retail channels as a cannabilization of our efforts to license Microsoft software to small business.  It will be interesting to note if cloud-computing offerings like Equipt will cannabilize Microsoft’s traditional software licensing model.  Stay tuned as competition in the cloud generates heat.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

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This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.


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