Microsoft focuses on collaboration and the cloud with Office 2010

After months of beta testing, Microsoft officially launched Office 2010 today at a media event in New York. The event offered few surprises, but made it clear that Microsoft is serious about integrating Office with online components, while not ignoring refinements to its desktop version.

Microsoft VP: Google faces “long, hard road” in business software

Microsoft is launching Office 2010 next month, so I checked in with the man in charge of the Office team, Chris Capossela, to find out how confident Microsoft is feeling with its Office suite now that Google is trying to make a serious claim on the business-application market. After all, Googlers have said 2010 will be the year that Google Apps, the bundle of online business software including Gmail and Google Docs, becomes a formidable competitor to Office.