Microsoft this week took the strange step of slamming its own software, portraying Office 2019 as second-class when pitted against Office 365.

What Microsoft neglected to say was that Office 2019's inferiority stems from decisions the company itself has made about how the suite's applications are created and serviced.

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In a public relations pitch dubbed "The Twins Challenge," Microsoft set three pairs of Millennial-aged identical twins against each other. One twin ran an Office 2019 application, the other ran the same-named desktop app from within an Office 365 subscription. Each was asked to complete the same task, with the first finisher given the win.

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