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.

[from PCMag.com]


2 responses to “Web-based Office Applications

  1. cj October 26, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    Don’t forget about Zoho – they have a wide variety of applications that are integrated and that exceed the functionality in many cases of the Google offerings. My take after experimenting with many of these products is that with a stable and fast internet connection, you could meet the needs of about 90% of office workers. The true power users or specialized users of certain “Office” functionality would be unhappy with the current batch of offerings. I would also say though that I have seen the rapid pace of changes and improvements to the Zoho offerings and it is pretty stunning. I wonder if those developers ever sleep – if you take a couple weeks (or even days) off from their web site, you will come back to a number of new product offerings and lots of new features in existing products.

  2. Christine Peterson October 26, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Zoho, which is a shame if they are as good as you say. Thanks for the tip!


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