This month’s Office 2010 retail pricing announcement and ongoing discounts for Office 2007 Home and Student are Microsoft’s tacit acknowledgment that the productivity suite isn’t as valuable as it once was. Office is tracking a course of unplanned obsolescence and the inevitable end shared by oh-so many other products: Commoditization. Desktop productivity suite commoditization is inevitable, and it is a force that Microsoft can resist but not stop. Additionally, Microsoft faces a fundamental shift in what content people create and where. Commoditization and the emerging mobile device-to-cloud services applications stack are Office killers.