Microsoft Office applications have long since been a key instrument in the work-place.
Announced in 2010, Office 365 is the name for the cloud-based version
of their office suite that arrived around the same time as Google's own
web-based word processor and office applications went live, though executives
at Microsoft had been mulling over the idea of hosted applications and making
strategic acquisitions in this area since the mid-2000's (Foley). Users of
Office 365 can create, edit, and share content from any Windows, Mac, iOS,
or Android device, and connect with customers and colleagues across a range
of collaborative tools inside and outside of the business. Microsoft also
has agreements with universities across the country to offer the Office 365
suite for student use, wherein students are able to use various office apps
and online storage during there 4-year stay, further establishing Microsoft's
foothold in the market (Microsoft).