Web-based Office Applications
That’s “office” with a small “o.” There is a trend for providing office software functionality via the web. Google Apps is probably the best known and has been around a long time — since 2006! Others that I heard about include Writely (which is now within Google Apps) and ThinkFree.
Microsoft is also working on web-based office applications. Called Microsoft Office Live, it is now available for pre-registration. It is being billed as a companion to Microsoft Office, allowing you to access your documents from other Internet-based computers. In order to edit your documents, you will need some type of word processor, spreadsheet, or presentation program on that machine — it does not have to be Microsoft’s Office. If you do not have this loaded, you can still view your documents.
There are two versions –Microsoft Office Live Workspace and Microsoft Office Live Small Business. The differences from Microsoft:
Office Live Workspace is the online companion to Microsoft Office enabling individuals to store, access and share documents from anywhere. Office Live Small Business is a complete set of services that are designed to serve the needs of Small Businesses, which also includes the ability to store and share documents.
If you’d like to be a beta tester for either of these products, you can sign up at Microsoft.