Channel unsure as to whether taster software will affect retail sales

Retail uncertain over Facebook Office apps

A survey on behalf of PCR has found that retailers are divided as to whether Microsoft’s plans to offer an online version of Office 2010 to Facebook users will have an effect on retail sales.

According to the survey, only 16 per cent of retailers thought that the scheme would have an effect on retail sales of the software suite, while 41 per cent did not expect to see any effect whatsoever.

However, the majority seem to be willing to wait and see, with 43 per cent saying they didn’t know what effect the move would have.

The scheme offers Facebook users a preview of the Office 200 Web Apps using Facebook Docs via a website called

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