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Me The Geek » Blog Archive » Why Adobe and Microsoft will fail at the Web Office game
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01 Oct

Why Adobe and Microsoft will fail at the Web Office game


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There are a couple of interesting news this morning regarding the Web Office field. Adobe is buying a company called Virtual Ubiquity, developer of buzzword, and online Word Processor that runs on Adobe Flex (Flash).

Microsoft is announcing an online file management service. It will probably look a lot like the Google Apps file manager. It makes a lot of sense: it can’t get much better than that at the moment. What it still does not offer is the online editing of documents.

There are many critics that can be done to both services. It all has to do with the agendas of these -too big- players.

Adobe is trying to push its Flex thing. They did such a good job with Flash that they think they could own a bit of the Internet this way.

Microsoft is trying to keep you buying the three digits licenses for their Office Suites, so they can’t give you a better product for free.

In pursuing more than one goal with their products, it will be very hard to focus for these two. Yahoo+Zimbra, Zoho, ThinkFree, still more players to come, and my beloved OpenGoo; all have better chances on succeeding in this field. They are focused.

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One Response to “Why Adobe and Microsoft will fail at the Web Office game”

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    Patrick De Schutter Says:

    Another very focused one is ContactOffice, with emphasis on enabling online collaboration. Click my name to test-drive our beta release, and don’t hesitate to tell us what you think.

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