Google took a shot Microsoft today on their Google Enterprise Blog with an article titled “Upgrade here.” As you can imagine, Google’s problem with Microsoft is the same as my problem with Microsoft. The cost of their products is way too high and you simply don’t get what you pay for.
Every 3 years, Microsoft expects you to upgrade to the latest and greatest edition of Microsoft Office or even their operating system for that matter. However, all it really is after all is just a few aesthetic tweaks and a couple of upgrades that you’ll probably never end up using anyway. This is Microsoft’s bread and butter. Is there any difference between Windows Vista and Windows 7 besides the bottom bar, a startup/shutdown process that is slightly faster, and the “shake” feature? I don’t think so. That doesn’t justify a $119.99/user price tag if you ask me.
There’s been Microsoft Office 2000, 2003, 2007, and now, Office 2010 is coming soon. Google took a shot at Office 2010 by saying that an upgrade should mean what it is supposed to: effortless, affordable, and delivering an increase in productivity.
The point that Google is trying to make is that you don’t have to spend money upgrading Office 2007 or 2003 (or even 2000) because Google Docs can make these programs do what you want them to do — collaborate with co-workers in real time.
Google’s final jab an Microsoft hit home with what I was saying before: ending the endless cycle of upgrades!
Why spend $499 on Microsoft Office 2010 plus the additional license fee for each user when Google Apps costs just $50/user per year and provides real-time collaboration tools?
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