Interesting things coming from Redmond, WA. Last week at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in New Orleans, Microsoft announced the launch of Office 2010, which for the first time will include a free web version of Excel, PowerPoint, Office and Notepad.
This is an interesting development spurred on, I suspect, by the success of Google Docs. I’m glad Microsoft is addressing this gap in their product line. The new Office looks to have a host of features designed with Web 2.0 type applications in mind. When it launches next spring, I’m curious to see the public reaction.
I applaud them for their recent strategy of openness – allowing for a wide test of Window 7 to avoid another Vista debacle, and now, with the launch of Office 2010, they released a technical preview to the attendees of the WPC.
The WPC lit up the Twitterverse as well. You can check out what people were saying by searching #WPC09. Becky Thomas (becky_thomas), CEO and President of BizDev Strategy and friend of PKF Texas, was at the conference last week and had some interesting thoughts. Be sure to check out her Twitter page.