2013 Best Companies: By Technology


Office Productivity Software: Microsoft

CEO: Steve Ballmer

Microsoft is facing increased competition in this market from cloud application vendors Google and Zoho, as well as open-source alternatives such as Open Office. But channel partners ranked Microsoft far-and-away the leader on the technology front in this space.

Microsoft's Office 2013, the most recent release of the software, has been out for more than a year. And the company is gaining market traction with Office 365, the cloud version of the product. While CEO Steve Ballmer has said Microsoft is developing a version of Office for Apple's iPad, no date for its release has been disclosed.