After last week's announcement that Google will be launching it's own operating system next year, Microsoft could use some good press this week.
As usual, it's their Office Suite to the rescue making them look good again.
Microsoft has released it's technical preview (by invitation only primarily for developers) today. Of course, this is no where near the finished product. But early reviews are quite positive.
The new Office 2010 suite emphasizes more tools for better collaboration, work flow across phone, web and PC, as welll as integrating other web applications.
PowerPoint will now include a video editing tool (makes soooo much sense), as well.
As widely reported in recent months, there will be a stripped down free web-based version of Office, as well. This is in answer to Google's free web-based Docs & Spreadsheets.
Here's what I'm seeing:
Google is moving more into Microsoft's space with the annoucement of the forthcoming Chrome O/S. Microsoft is moving more into Google's space with web-based free versions of their software applications, not to mention their new search engine Bing.
Bottomline: The two titans are squaring off for battle and it should be a doozy. I predict it will make the Microsoft Vs. Apple rivalry look like a church picnic before it's all over.
I will leave you with this Office 2010 preview video (summer blockbuster style). Let's see: Transfomers, GI Joe and Office 2010. As the folks on Sesame Street would say, "One of these things isn't like the other. One of these things doesn't belong.'
Last updated: Jul 13, 2009
RENEE ORICCHIO is a technology writer and former supervising news producer for CNN Financial News. She has been covering the computer industry since 1987. @oricchio