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The BBC article also talks about Google’s “brutal timing”, coinciding with Microsoft’s launch of Office 2007.
Google hopes that the chance to collaborate on key documents via the web will prove popular to small firms who are more used to e-mailing copies back and forth.
Analysts said the announcement was intended to give people an alternative to Microsoft’s Office 2007.
“The timing is just brutal for Microsoft,” said Rebecca Wettemann, vice president of research at Nucleus Research. “It’s definitely a shot across their bow.”