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Posted: 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Microsoft to offer free online version of Office 2010


Microsoft has announced plans to make a free version of Office 2010 available online. Your documents will be stored using cloud computing technology where the Internet itself serves as the mainframe. All documents will be password protected.

If you want more robust features, you'll pay extra for the standard boxed-edition of Office 2010.

Why is Microsoft doing this? Because Google Apps and OpenOffice.org, which are both free, pose a threat to the Microsoft business model.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has had great success with a new search engine called Bing. Clark has tried it out and believes he gets vastly superior search results to Google.

In addition, you'll want to keep an eye out for Google's Chrome operating system, which will allow your computer to work almost instantly from the moment you hit the power button. No more long waits during the booting process!

How you access the Internet will also be revolutionized over the next 2 years. Clark predicts that by Labor Day 2011, we'll have basic high-speed Internet in big cities across America for $10/month or less.

Let's keep our fingers crossed!