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Is "Live Documents" a new service or something new to sell to Microsoft?

One Indian developer, a co-founder of the Hotmail service that Microsoft bought in 1998 (no doubt to fold the technology into Microsoft Exchange), has recently announced that his new "Live Documents" service will allow Office users to not only create and share their documents through a Web browser but to more easily collaborate on those documents over the Internet.

The term "Microsoft Killer" is thrown about a lot, and at various times it has been used to describe everything from $199 Linux-based PCs at Wal-Mart to open-file formats. With a company as big as Microsoft, I really don't think that there is anything on the horizon that could truly "kill" the company, especially as Microsoft tends to find true threats to its business model and simply buy them out. One Indian developer, a co-founder of the Hotmail service that Microsoft bought in 1998 (no doubt to fold the technology into Microsoft Exchange), has recently announced that his new "Live Documents" service will allow Office users to not only create and share their documents through a Web browser but to more easily collaborate on those documents over the Internet.

Live Documents enters the Office suite ring (ZDNet)

An advance preview by the Indian site, "The Hindu," generated reports that the spreadsheet and presentation features are almost identical to their Microsoft Office 2007 counterparts, while the word processing application is like a mix between Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007. The Live Documents site has a link to request an invitation, but the reports are that its infrastructure needs to be upgraded, pushing invitations back 3-4 weeks. One blogger who felt unhappy with his inability to get an invitation but pressured to write by the large number of blogs on the pending service, said that he felt that "we all got duped" into writing about something that doesn't exist yet.

Give online life to desktop documents (The Hindu)

Coining a term: SaaS-turbation (CNET blog)

The blogger may be on to something, in my opinion, as this software seems tailor made to be sold to or draw a lawsuit from Microsoft. The reports that the interface looks exactly like Office 2007, the name of the service (Live Documents dovetails in nicely with the rest of the "Live" services from Microsoft), and the fact that the creator has already made a nine-figure sale to Microsoft ($400 million for Hotmail) lead me to believe that the creator developed this software specifically to get another big payday from the software giant.

Do you think that Live Documents is being hyped for a possible sale to Microsoft?

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8 comments
hannesc
hannesc

You can't blame the guy for trying. So what if he wants to sell the service to MS. Good for him for coming up with the idea. Good going mate. *clap*

Narayana_Pn
Narayana_Pn

Appreciate the idea & efforts made to bring this. If anyone don't want to use this, nobody force to do so. If any one think it is not great, why didn't they come with innovative ideas? BTW: Just cribbing is not an innovation. Good Luck pal and all the best. ---Appreciator of innovation.

John Musbach
John Musbach

Why is Live Documents necessary? We already have an assortment of online and offline office suites in both free and pay flavor. With all the choices already present I don't think there is any need for even more alternatives. I certainly do not expect to ever be a consumer of this product... - John Musbach

TheGooch1
TheGooch1

Well, it is something to post a blog about, there is that value.

Andy Moon
Andy Moon

It certainly would be a good way for a developer to go. Create a piece of software that the 800 pound gorilla is conspicuously missing, then turn around and create some hype about the upcoming release, complete with a name that sounds like it was designed to be folded into Microsoft's Live service. Do you think that Live Documents will be snapped up by Microsoft or will the online giant simply sue the developers, which is the other tactic they regularly employ.

thusoma
thusoma

Not a new thing, tell the developer to find Office Groove 2007, and use it. then he will know that its not a new thing.

rahulbatra
rahulbatra

There is a chance MS will snap it up. After all, the branding looks the same. It already has the 'Live' nametag attached to it. Plus MS may just want to compete with Google, Thinkfree and Zoho without creating a whole product by themselves which would mean more resources spent. Easier to just buy another vendor who fits into the problem ever so snugly.