Microsoft is taking another step into the cloud with the new hosted version of Office , Office 365 is going to be aimed at businesses and may be had for as little as $6 per user per month for small businesses. However, that low rate only includes the hosted version of Word. Microsoft beta tested this service with several thousand users, and will be making it available to all early next year.
The cost might be an issue with Google offering their Google Docs service to businesses for $50 per user per year. Large businesses are looking at as much as $27 per month for access to the whole office suite. Microsoft will have to compete on features to keep users. Though, the profits on hosting software for subscription are likely to be higher anyway.