Forrester: Microsoft Continues To Have A Stranglehold On Office Productivity In The Enterprise

Office in the enterprise

Even though Microsoft’s stranglehold in Operating Systems for computing devices has faded over the past few years, Microsoft continues to have a stranglehold on Office productivity suite in the enterprise. According to a recent report from Forrester, more than 85% of respondents continues to use Microsoft Office in their enterprise and the only notable competitor is Google Apps which is few percentage points.

  • One in five firms uses email in the cloud. Another quarter plans to move at some point. More are using Office 365 (14%) than Google Apps (9%).
  • Just 22% of respondents are on Office 2013. Another 36% have plans to be on it. Office 2013’s uptake will be slower than Office 2010 because fewer firms plan to combine the rollout of Office 2013 with Windows 8 as they combined Office 2010 with Windows 7.
  • Alternatives to Microsoft Office show little traction. In 2011, 13% of respondents supported open source alternatives to Office. This year the number is just 5%. Google Docs has slightly higher adoption and is in use at 13% of companies.

The report also revealed that their respondents were less concerned about multi-platform availability of their productivity suite. This shows why Google Apps was not able to make a significant progress in the enterprise market even after years of presence.

Source: Forrester

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