Research group NPD reported that 73% of Americans have never heard of Google (GOOG) Docs, the online tools that are meant to challenge Microsoft (MSFT) in the word processing and spreadsheet businesses. The survey was based on responses from 600 PC users.
TechCrunch reports that "perhaps worst still only 0.5% of respondents have abandoned desktop office applications for an online alternative. 94% of Americans have never tried a web based productivity suite."
The Google server-based applications are meant to compete with Windows which runs using the PCs own processor and memory.
It looks like the Microsoft "desk-top" based applications are safe for the time being.
Douglas A. McIntyre