Office, Beware -- Here Comes Workplace

IBM's new Web-based software package aims to let corporations use as much or as little of Microsoft's software as they want -- or none at all

If it stood on its own, IBM's $15 billion software group would be the world's second-largest software company, trailing only Microsoft (MSFT ). Yet, most of the software IBM (IBM ) makes runs on powerful server computers, and it figures only minimally in desktop computing. That's about to change.

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