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Irwin Lazar
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Microsoft Continues Its SaaS March

Now that Microsoft has officially launched SaaS versions of Exchange and Office, they've begun making plans to deliver the next version of Office via SaaS as well. Microsoft's move into the SaaS space is in some ways reactionary, as they look to fend off challenges from Zoho and Google, but it is also going to create concerns for the hundreds of companies that offer their own suites of hosted Microsoft apps.

As a recent convert to OpenOffice I'm still not sure the SaaS market for office apps is going to replace thick versions of document, presentation, and spreadsheet applications, but I do look forward to the continued ability of SaaS-based office productivity suites to enable easier document collaboration.

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