Will Microsoft Office 2010 be an online package?

Yesterday saw the news from Microsoft that Office 2010 will be an online office system like Google Docs, but of course Office is traditionally a real heavyweight in all respects so it will be interesting to see if it remains as powerful or if there will be cuts made to speed it up. MS might be playing catch-up with Google but they are big and ugly enough to make their mark if they are serious.

The cynics are already saying that it is a commercial reaction to the recent legal decision forcing them to separate Internet Explorer from the Windows OS. If Office 10 needs IE and Silverlight you will still be forced into the Microsoft package. The Office 10 video in the above link needs Silverlight to operate - perhaps that is a hint to the future of Office 10.