So, I just got done reading the ‘Ozzie Memo’ on Microsoft’s future. It sounds like they are scrambling to catch up to Google in the service based technologies that Google offers so well. When I was finally invited into Gmail program, I was amazed at the simplicity and ease of use of this web-based service. I found myself dropping my mail clients that I ran on my pc, and I just use gmail now.
There is speculation that the new Sun Microsystems and Google relationship is going to lead to a browser based word processing and office suite built on the popular Star Office / Open Office product developed by Sun. With AJAX allowing such great great browser to server interaction, I believe we are in for some amazing new products here in the future.