November 26, 2007
More Web Based Office Suites Compete Against Microsoft
Here is a short description from the Live Documents web site:
Live Documents is a full-featured suite of online Office productivity applications offering functionality equivalent to Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Built using RIA technologies such as Flash and Flex, Live Documents allow users to view and edit documents within any common browser on any operating system from anywhere. Live Documents uses a Flash-based user interface that offers a richer and responsive user experience that is comparable to native Office software applications.
In addition, Live Documents is available as a optional desktop client application that wraps around Microsoft Office and embeds collaborative capabilities into these hitherto standalone software applications - Live Documents converts Microsoft Office applications from static standalone software to smart clients that are connected to the Internet and facilitate in-context document sharing (multiple people can edit a document at the same time) and management (security, access control and revision control) without requiring users to give up their familiar user interfaces. The Live Documents desktop client also ensures offline access to documents - a key failing of current online Office applications.
The service/software is still in beta. Individuals can request an invitation to preview the beta through a link at the site. Another web application is Zoho Writer. As does Live Documents, Zoho Writer allows offline access to files. It's getting some press here and here. Zoho is available through a free account.
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