Monday, October 01, 2007

Microsoft, Adobe Widen Data Services - WSJ.com

October is off to an interesting start in the SaaS/software + services domain... 

Microsoft Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. are taking new steps to move some of the most basic chores of personal computers to the Internet.

Microsoft is rolling out a free service that lets users of its Office software create and share documents over the Internet in new ways. The move comes as Google Inc., Microsoft's nemesis in Internet search, has been trying to popularize Web services that handle key functions of Office.

Adobe, of San Jose, Calif., today will announce plans to move into online word processing by acquiring Virtual Ubiquity Inc., a closely held firm in Massachusetts that offers a service called Buzzword. Terms of the acquisition weren't disclosed.

Adobe, known for software used in electronic publishing, also plans to unveil an online document-sharing service called Share. Both services will be free, though Adobe plans to charge for extra features later.

Fascinating to see these headlines appear on-line within minutes of the Microsoft and Adobe press releases

Microsoft, Adobe Widen Data Services - WSJ.com

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