Microsoft gets more aggressive with free software
SEATTLE — Microsoft Corp. is rolling out a new edition of its Office programs to businesses Wednesday. And for the very first time it's offering versions of Word and other programs that work in a Web browser, for free.

Office 2010 marks a milestone in Microsoft's efforts to keep up with an industry shift from programs that run on PCs to free, Web-based ones that can be accessed from any computer.

And yet Microsoft have to be careful not to undermine its lucrative desktop software business, which accounted for 29 % of Microsoft's revenue and 51 % of its operating income in the most recent quarter.

Consumers can start buying Office 2010 or using the free applications on the Web in June 2010.

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