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Microsoft takes on Google Apps

Harvey Sanchez (opens in new tab), the Online Strategy Lead for Microsoft Australia, has revealed that Microsoft is soft launching Live Community Builder (WLCB) which aims at providing a complete platform to businesses and organisations who want to build an online community based on some common grounds.

The move seems to be a direct pitch aimed at those who would be interested in Google Apps (opens in new tab) minus Google Docs.

For obvious reasons, Microsoft doesn't have any deadlines for launching an online, ad supported version of Google Docs.

WLCB allows you to get finished services like Hotmail, Skydrive (which Google doesn't have), Spaces, Messener and Calendar on your domain all for free.

At least for now... You can see more about the components on (opens in new tab)

The services are expected to be supported by advertising with a premium, advertising free version, probably on the way.

In other news, during the weekend, Google Gmail's email (opens in new tab) capacity leapfrogged Hotmail's one to reach 5.05GB.

It remains to be seen whether Yahoo is going to follow suit and launch a Yahoo services for communities and organisations.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.