It's hard to ignore the cloud now. Google's been all over it and are working on their own cloud OS. File syncing cloud services like Dropbox have made it even easier for us to keep all of our files with us at all times without ever having to pull out our USB sticks. Now, Microsoft intends to join the race, confirming our previous predictions of a cloud-based Office Suite that's bound to completely change the way we do business...
In addition to their standard Office suite, SharePoint Server 2010 and Visio 2010 are also headed over to the cloud. The benefits will allow any user to access their files through their phones, computer browsers, and have every single file in sync with the ability to fully edit their files with Microsoft's proprietary tools at their disposal. Collaboration makes the list as well, allowing multiple users to modify single documents at a time with tons of user-interface enhancements to help you crank out professional looking documents in no time at all.
However, the biggest piece of news that you might enjoy is that there's a very high possibility that they'll have to provide "free" online versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote to compete with Google Apps and other services that are currently available at no additional cost.
And who can complain about free, right? Enjoy these laughably acted preview videos by Microsoft for a quick glimpse of what's to come. You can see what we mean with the video below for Word 2010: