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Gartner Invest/Research Community Vision: The Cloud Looms Large as Microsoft Raises Its Office Pricing

Published: 11 July 2013

ID: G00239757

Analyst(s): John Christopher Rizzuto


Microsoft's new prices for its Office server products could have various ramifications. One outcome may be to persuade users to opt for Office 365 in the cloud. Company Impact: CRM, GOOG, IBM, MSFT, ORCL.

Table Of Contents


  • Gartner's Investment Thesis
  • Synopsis
  • The Starting Point and the Discussion
    • Pushing for Change in a Complex Environment
    • The Carrot, the Stick and the Cloud
    • License Simplification and What It Might Really Mean
    • Microsoft's Dilemma
    • An Alternative View: Desperate Times Need Radical Solutions
    • A Historical Perspective: The Lotus Notes Comparison
  • Potential Impact on Vendors and Ecosystems
  • Implications for Investors

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