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Microsoft is lining up to battle online competitors such as Google Docs, which are available for free; Google Apps Premier Edition, a $50 per user suite of applications that include Google Docs; and Yahoo's Zoho suite.
Office Web Applications don't look to be as sophisticated or feature rich as those offerings, but then Google and Yahoo do not stack up to the desktop version of Office.
Microsoft says Office Web Applications will be free to some 400 million Windows Live consumers, 90 million corporate Office customers with Software Assurance consumers and 510 million existing Office users via online hosting.
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