May 2, 2006
Dear CNET members,
Looking into my crystal ball, I see a whole new cyberworld order, where online productivity applications (such as word processors, spreadsheet applications, and so on) are not only accessible online, but documents are created, stored, and shared online without ever having to use a stand-alone software program. All right, I'm not predicting squat, as it is already a reality, and more and more companies are pumping out online productivity suites. While this will probably never completely replace stand-alone software, it's exciting that we're moving in this direction! Just imagine the possibilities. And to give you a glimpse of where online productivity apps are headed, check out Editor Rafe Needleman's latest Works for Me article: "Who needs a word processor?" He experiments with Writely (an online word processor application recently acquired by Google) and actually uses it to write his column. And when you're ready to roll, tell us if you would use Writely, gOffice, ThinkFree, or any other online productivity apps now or in the future. Do you think they have drawbacks or security risks? Would you benefit from these apps? If you're already using these online productivity apps in your daily life, share with us your good and bad experiences with them. We're listening.
(Note to discussion participants: This is a publicly viewed forum. Please do not post your e-mail address in this discussion thread, requesting others to give you an invitation to Writely. I'm sure you can do without the extra spam in your in-box. Thanks!)
This week's hot topic:
Writely vs. Microsoft Word
Will Web-based word processors such as Writely make Microsoft Word obsolete? Probably not anytime soon, but in his latest Works for Me column, Editor Rafe Needleman discusses the pros and cons of this next-generation Web tool, and several of you shared your thoughts.
Awesome for coauthors
CNET member (and editor) thatcherm volunteers at a local nonprofit and produces the newsletter. She and her fellow volunteers have ditched Word and have embraced Writely for its powerful collaboration capabilities. No longer do the various newsletter contributors have to pass Word files back and forth.
Read thatcherm's full post in CNET TalkBack
Beware of the bottom line
When considering pricing, CNET member donericb is hesitant to jump on the Web 2.0 bandwagon. He smartly theorizes that online applications such as Writely could eventually come with a per-use charge that could ultimately cost more than a standard software application.
Read donericb's full post in CNET TalkBack
When it comes to productivity applications, CNET member Jordon Berkove offers a different solution with Open Office. While the open-source software doesn't offer the collaboration of Writely, it can handle nearly any Office document, and it doesn't cost a penny.
Read Jordon Berkove's post in CNET TalkBack
Would you consider ditching Word for a Web-based word processor? Read "Who needs a word processor?" then tell us what you think.
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