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Microsoft's Office 365 Faces Challenges, Google in Cloud Battle

eWeek - Microsoft's Office 365 faces challenges from Google Apps, and from businesses perhaps not used to the concept of cloud productivity.

Microsoft’s Office 365 release intensifies its competition with Google. The question now is whether the Office 365 platform, as the cloud-based extension of Microsoft’s long-running Office franchise, actively threatens Google’s work in the cloud-productivity arena.

Microsoft would certainly like that to be the case. During its June 28 launch event in New York City, CEO Steve Ballmer claimed Office 365 will give SMBs (small to midsize businesses) an “edge” in competing, without the burden of complex on-premises systems. Perhaps not coincidentally, SMBs also represent a significant audience for Google Apps.