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Microsoft has promised the planned web version of its Office applications will be available for testing "soon," after missing its August deadline. A company spokesperson told The Reg Friday: "At WPC, we said the Office Web applications technical preview would tentatively be available in the August timeframe. While they will not …

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"Making the applications available online posed a challenge to the core-on site business of SAP in the same way Office Web apps will make customers question the need for a full version of Office 2010."

...or, indeed, the Windows client should it happen that, by some miracle, Web Office works with standards-based browsers. An obstacle removed for those low-TCO desktops people keep going on about? Perhaps not, but is that a gamble Millisoft are prepared to take?

"It ain't done until Firefox won't run."

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hmm...

Maybe they're trying to figure out how to invalidate the patents and tech they stole from i4i while simultaneously being a strong lobbyist for software patents? That way they can profit from their theft while still preventing others from using stuff they patented (but didn't necessarily invent).

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MS friends will not like this

I mean the hardware supplies who rely on MS to bloat up their OS with every release, making it the biggest single app on your drive and mandating you need a new PC every 18-24 months.

They are MS's only true friends.

So the actual challenge will be to make Office accessable in a way that *still* requires you to upgrade every 18-24 months.

Hmm. Mandatory "Indexing service" to fast disk space with every file you add?

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