Forrester analyst JP Gownder was all praise for Microsoft Office 2010 in a recent blog post. He believes that the productivity suite has the unenviable task of providing ballast to the fast drowning packaged software industry. But he is confident that it will not disappoint.
Gownder rubbished the idea of Google Docs being a worthy Office rival, even calling it a failure “ in terms of usage and penetration.” According to Forrester’s Consumer Technographics PC and Gaming survey, only 4 percent of respondents admitted to using Google Docs regularly.
“Let’s think about that for a second: We’re talking about a free software-as-a-service offering from one of the top brand names in technology, Gownder wrote. “The offering has been available for over three years from Google (and two more years if you count Writely before Google purchased Upstartle). And yet only 4% of consumers are onboard.”
On the other hand, he has high hopes of Office 2010 becoming a “success in the consumer market” just like previous versions. He imputes its impending success to a combination of factors: valuable consumer input that has gone into developing it; its popularity among enterprises; and the introduction of Office Web.
A large part of the Web as we know it today is built around independent communities. Think about it. You have a login for your Twitter account, a login for your Facebook account, a login for your [insert favorite Web site here] account. And while each of these independent entities can play with each other via plugins, coding trickery, or outright hacks... you're still stuck in three separate sandboxes at the end of the day. Does Twitter know what I like on my Facebook page? Can Amazon take a gander at my current interests and suggest related purchases? Do any of these sites know who my friends really are--not just the people I tweet, but the people I email on a regular basis?
While that's the current state of social affairs on the Web, it's not necessarily the future. Open-source projects like OpenID are paving the way for a new generation of connectivity, one where differing Web entities come to you for information and display it in a format and location of your choosing. Instead of jacking your life into the Web on a variety of fronts, you will have one point of interaction, one location to present your information. Your interaction with your typical litany of sites will become highly accurate and customized for your lifestyle. And best of all, you won't have to login to 85 different places to make it work.
Learn how OpenID has played a role in this transformation after the jump!