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Salesforce, Google, Zoho Dismissive Of Microsoft Office 2010

As expected, the launch of Office 2010 has been met with a barrage of criticisms from rivals with Google leading the onslaught with Salesforce going as far as extending sympathy to Microsoft.

The Register (opens in new tab) met up with's EMEA director, Tim Barker, who bluntly said that "[Microsoft] Office sucked productivity out of people" and pointed out that Microsoft came to the cloud computing market late with Office Web Apps.

Salesforce claims that it doesn't have any intention for the moment to launch a rival to Office 2010 but we'd bet our bottom dollar that a partnership with Zoho (or even an acquisition) might happen soon.

Speaking of Zoho, the online outfit had a post on their blog (opens in new tab) called the "next evolution of Office suites" and compared the current desktop version of Microsoft office to a 1980s Stereo cassette player before adding that "Office Apps componentised and integrated into Biz apps" is the way forward.

As for Google, they're already using their clout to encourage people to upgrade to Google Docs rather than to Office 2010 and have already posted a rather extensive checklist that compares both offerings extensively.

It goes without saying that Microsoft's main rivals will be gunning for Office 2010, which is the company's second biggest revenue earner.

(ed : Find more about Office 2010 here (opens in new tab)).

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.