Microsoft Outbids Google

Microsoft has just launched Office 365, a cloud-based suite of applications (email, calendar, word processor, spreadsheet, etc.). As far as I can tell, it looks a lot like the services that Google has been offering for several years (as Gmail and Google Docs). The main difference seems to be the price: FREE from Google, or $6 per user per month for Microsoft’s Office 365. Nice try, Microsoft, but I’ll stick with Google for now, thank you very much. (When Microsoft starts offering a free version of Office 365 for individuals, we’ll talk — but I suspect they’ll think twice before doing that, for fear of cannibalizing sales of their Office software.).