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Microsoft Cloud 2.0, This Time With Office

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Executive Summary

Microsoft is including Office as part of its cloud strategy to combat potential market incursions from Google and other vendors. Available with some bundles for an additional $6/month, Office Web Apps is less expensive than Office, but its limited feature set means it will only lightly cannibalize traditional Office. A cloud-managed version of traditional Office is available for an extra $8/month with some bundles that include Web Apps. In these cases, Office is run on the local PC but managed over the network by Microsoft, ensuring an evergreen version of Office, which is attractive to organizations that struggle to upgrade Office.

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