Microsoft Hits Back as Google Muscles In

Published on July 15, 2012
by Shira Ovide

Microsoft Corp. has publicly dismissed Web-based Google Apps as a competitor to its Office software suite. But, behind the scenes, Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to halt Google Inc.’s encroachment on its business-software turf.

In recent months, Microsoft has cut prices, boosted its commissions to resellers and changed how it pitches Office 365, a Web-based version of products including Microsoft Word, Outlook email and PowerPoint.

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