Microsoft will sell full range of Web software
Microsoft will soon release a complete range of its software products, including the Office suite, and expects the weak economy to accelerate growth of the Web-based software market.
The president of Microsoft's business division, Stephen Elop is leading the company's entry to the web-based market, wich offers programs hosted online instead of downloaded to computers.
By using the Web to host software Microsoft customers don't need to spend as much money on equipment and maintenance of computer servers.
Microsoft foray into online software comes as a competition for Google, whose Google Apps provide free Web services inluding email and messaging software.
Microsoft's advantage against Google is its rich set of software services. This is a benefit as it also competes with Cisco Systems which is also expanding into the Web-based software business.