Microsoft is giving Google the works — Microsoft Works, that is. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that a version of Works — the barebones alternative to Microsoft Office that offers a word processor, calendar, and spreadsheet — would be available as a free, ad-supported product. Microsoft Works SE 9 is expected to debut in a few months.
Works currently retails for about $40, but often comes preinstalled on new PCs for free. The new program would also come preinstalled on PCs from yet-to-be-announced manufacturers, but would include ads.
That makes Works SE 9 different from Google Docs and Spreadsheets, which is delivered as an online solution Relevant Products/Services through a browser. Microsoft will make use of the Internet, though, to refresh the cache of ads within Works when users are online.