Software as a Service – Microsoft vs. Google

September 16, 2008

Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans takes interest in the continued evolution of competing products from titans Google and Microsoft, most notably Software as a Service (SaaS) products like Google’s Mail and Apps, and Microsoft’s Exchange Online,   Exchange Hosted Services, Office SharePoint OnlineOffice Live Meeting, and Office Communications Online.  Their relationship is an amazing spirited battle of entrepreneurship and innovation, hopefully for the benefit of consumers.

The new browser from Google, Chrome, is an indication of their commitment in the SaaS industry.  Some contend open-source Chrome is an effort to eliminate any chance of incompatibilities between Google’s SaaS and the browser.  If you are using Google Apps, then you’ll probably use Chrome.

It is safe to assume that users of Microsoft’s SaaS will utilize Internet Explorer because everyone KNOWS Microsoft software somehow works best with Microsoft software.  Microsoft certainly would not use their dominance in one industry to provide unfair advantage in another related industry.  Some may contend an unfair advantage is anti-competitive and monopolistic.

To be successful in the SaaS industry, the browser and the hosted application must closely follow industry standards in order to work together.  Although the closed-source IE is supposed to follow industry standards, Google Chrome offers an open-source, transparent alternative that is certain to follow industry standards and work with Google Apps.  If you were Google, would you want the success of your SaaS investment to depend on compatibilities with a competitor’s closed-source browser?

Stay tuned as the evolving SaaS industry is hot and has the interest of Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans.

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

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. 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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