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Not ONLY Google vs Microsoft

Posted on Friday, Mar 10th 2006

John Paczowski summarizes it well: Google’s leaders can finally stop pretending that the company doesn’t have designs on Microsoft’s core PC software business. On Thursday, the search sovereign said it had acquired Upstartle, makers of Writely, a browser-based word processing application.

I don’t have a whole lot to add to this, except the following list of horizontal software services companies – big and small – who need to watch out for what’s to come after the core Office Suite is completed: Salesforce.com, Plaxo, Webex, Citrix, SixApart, … (you fill in some blanks, please) … whose SOHO and SME businesses are likely to get hurt quite badly.

The enterprise, I think, will continue to want to have data on their own drives, and not on Google’s, but it is in SOHO and SME that this battle will be fought, and …

Oh! It Will Be a Bloody Battle.

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Interesting projection beyond Office.

(Speaking of Office, I haven’t seen a collaborative PowerPoint app or service yet)

And now, Google’s gone and acquired SketchUp.

A geo-browser ecosystem in the making?

-Aparna

aparna Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 3:24 PM PT