Microsoft to make next version of Office online

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CNET is reporting that Microsoft is set to make the new versions of its popular programs in Office – namely Word, Excel and PowerPoint, to be accessible online within a standard web browser. There will be two versions for the online suite; one for consumers via its Office Live, and another for business and enterprise consumers via its SharePoint services.

The development of these online versions will be developed with the next version of Office, Office 14 (why they skipped Office 13 is beyond me). As well, a beta version is expected to go online next year.

The new move to online applications comes after facing serious competition from Google; with its Google Docs product – which is able to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations online. All of the products are free.