In case your company spent too much on Vista licensing this year, it looks like you can still save some costs on your productivity suite!!
I know MS is just trying to get into the hosted space for email, but Google is already offering all the important productivity tools with 99.9% uptime….email, calendaring, spreadsheets, & word processing….even blackberry if you want it! For $50 per user!!
This is a neat idea and certainly fills a void for a lot of cases. The case of schools is a huge one in my opinion students can cross the boundaries of home and campus and maintain a familiar application at little to no cost. That is fantastic! Small businesses and un-tech savvy users is another great example, if they can get easy access to this stuff…they have a viable option to reduce the costs of their business….
Of course I would need to know a few things before I started moving my business onto the latest fad software:
- What about email retention & discovery (all companies need to worry about this now)?
- Where is the diagramming software?
- Where is the project application?
- Where is the presentation software (an online app would be great for this…never get up to speak without your presentation online)?
- Why is this better then starOffice (ok hosted email is cool, but starOffice is cheap and fairly solid now)?
- Am I going to get advertisements in my apps for this price (ok, probably not, but does the licensing prevent them from doing this)?
- Why isn’t jotspot or blogger included in the deal (that would take care of number 3 and a lot more)?
- What is the plan when Office Live comes out with twice the feature set at the same price (isn’t that what they do, make everyone else’s ideas better)?
- Will Maps be included at any point (a la MS streets & trips)?
- Why isn’t the IM application included…or any conferencing suite (we need easy, trackable, auditable collaboration software!)?