Tech Take: Microsoft Set To Offer Free Office Software Online
It's a highly symbolic development for Microsoft, which built a software empire charging users for its desktop-based Office suite, which includes popular programs like Word and Excel. The move affirms the growing influence of so-called "cloud computing," in which software and services are distributed via the web and data is stored on remote servers. Google has been a champion of this model.
Microsoft first showcased its free, web-based Office product last month. At the time, Stephen Elop, the president of Microsoft's business software division, called it "a remarkable moment."