Can Google and Linux Topple Microsoft?
Compatibility issues always exist with any new release of an operating system,
said Steve Gillmer, Microsoft's business manager of collaborative technologies.
He added that Microsoft works with software developers to reduce
incompatibilities and with customers to manage the movement to new operating
The story had a certain flair. In early March, the chief information officer of the
Federal Aviation Administration, David Bowen,
was reportedly considering forsaking Microsoft Windows and Office in favor of
the Linux operating system and the Web-based Google Apps Premium office suite.
Could this be true? Might an office suite upstart topple the giant of giants?
Does a Web-based suite of applications have enough punch to do the job?
does offer a strong set of collaborative word-processing and spreadsheet tools,
in addition to e-mail and calendar capabilities. "We built the [applications] from the ground up to focus on
collaboration," said Mike Bradshaw, who leads Google's federal enterprise
division. "They're providing a new type of functionality to the space that
people have been looking for."
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