We continue our comparison of Google technology or acquisitions with some competitors in the market. This is necessary as we make the case that Google + is not an instant slam dunk. One thing is certain, though, Facebook has lost value in Second Market auction due to the arrival of Google +. Who wants to give Facebook another $1b with what is happening in the Google + circle. It is just the beginning.
So today, it is Google Docs vs. Microsoft 365. Google was the first to move in this domain. In 2006, they offered free online word processing and spreadsheet app. Microsoft got into the game with Office 365 last month,
Google Docs is a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, slide show, form, and data storage service offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. Google Docs combines the features of Writely and Spreadsheets with a presentation program incorporating technology designed by Tonic Systems. Data storage of any files up to 1 GB each in size was introduced on January 13, 2010. (wikipedia)
Tekedia predicts that with Office365, Microsoft Windows Mobile, the mobile OS from the software company could give the company a huge boost in getting market share.
Microsoft Office 365 is a commercial software plus services offering a set of products from Microsoft Corporation, with the initial plan including a Professional subscription (for organizations of 25 and smaller) and an Enterprise subscription (for organizations with more individuals). Office 365 was announced in the autumn of 2010, and was made available to the public on 28 June 2011 (wikipedia).
Yet, the clear winner between Office 365 and Google Docs will not come today because the competition is still ongoing. Yet, Office365 has the brand and reputation and platform to command and rule this game.