Google advances online software crusade
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| The free-software approach poses a challenge to Microsoft Corp.,
| whose success revolves around sales of its long-dominant Windows
| operating system and Office suite. The programs -- including Word
| and Excel -- are installed on hard drives and information is
| usually stored locally as well.
These applications support OpenDocument format, PDF, and beyond, so lockins
are minimal or inexistent. The Linux-hosted service is free (no forced
upgrades) and it should work alongside the Open Source office suites.