March 10, 2006
Writely is GoogleTopics: Technology
Having been inundated with politics and international terrorism, you may not have noticed the assault Google launched against Microsoft in its purchase of Web-based word processor Writely. Perhaps not a direct assault and maybe only wistful thinking, but the deal has created a swarm among tech bloggers.
Writely's product is a cool word processor that is embedded in a web browser. Accessed online, it provides collaboration tools not available in Microsoft's Office suite (which incidentally posted $11 billion in revenue last year). In addition, the online product imports and exports into Word format, easily embeds images, has a WYSIWYG editor, gives drag and drop functionality, and allows sharing of documents and PDF conversion (more here). Significantly, Writely interacts with other Internet-based programs and services and uses Open Document Format - keys to reducing dependencies on Microsoft Office. However, for the home consumer, the product lacks a local backup and many other standard Word features (more here).
Posted by tim at March 10, 2006 2:33 PM
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