Microsoft Office is surely the most popular office suite in the entire world, providing extremely useful applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and many other tools that are making our computers work much easier. At this time, Microsoft’s solution is challenged by a similar product available for free, OpenOffice representing a tool that is chosen by millions of users from all around the world.

Nowadays, Google owns the most powerful search engine technology in the entire world, being challenged by similar services provided by other companies. Microsoft is trying to win the battle with Google’s search engine by improving Live Search, a similar technology that allows users to search the internet.

As you probably know, most of the Google services are offered via an online interface but their functionality is very often better than a downloadable application. Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a service that allows you to create, edit and share documents with other members of the service, providing multiple features that are similar with the ones included in the Microsoft’s Office solution.

Some time ago, many internet users were talking about the Google Operating System, an application that was meant to revolutionize the computer work and to challenge the well-known Microsoft product, Windows. Although the company said Google is not currently working on an operating system, it seems like the search giant is now aiming to develop an Office like suite to compete with the one created by Microsoft.

“Google’s product, which will include functions such as email, calendar, word processing, spreadsheet, instant messaging and VoIP programs is expected to be available soon. The announcement comes at a time when Microsoft is preparing to launch both Vista, the latest upgrade to the Microsoft operating system, and their Office 2007 suite. The new premium suite offered by Google will be of particular interest to those businesses who are faced with the cost and disruption of upgrading their software – even though Google executives have yet to disclose details of what is to be added to make the premium package appealing to paying customers, when it will be launched or what the price of the suite is likely to be. Google is also selling customised search engines for businesses,” bigmouthmedia reported.