Microsoft to roll out online versions of Windows, Office: This is apparently a very big deal, but I can’t figure out why. I went to the site — there’s nothing really available yet.
Windows Live will be offered for free and try to make money from the rapidly expanding online advertising market that has been fueling the explosive growth of Google and Yahoo Inc., providing them with the financial and intellectual firepower to mount their challenge.
Microsoft plans to charge monthly fees for some of the Office Live features aimed primarily at small businesses â€” a subscription model that has been a boon so far for online software pioneers like Salesforce.com (CRM), NetSuite and RightNow Technologies.
They’re promising Firefox support in the future, which is promising.