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Google launches public beta of word processor app

By sMoRTy71 ·
Google has finally opened its beta of Writely.com to the public.

Writely is a web-based word processor app that does a lot of things that Word can do and does a few things that are unique to a web app (including the ability to send an e-mail to Writely and have it converted to a new doc, the ability to collaborate on a doc anywhere on the web, the ability to publish the doc to the web or a blog).

Would any of you ever consider ditching Word for a web-based app like Writely? And how would you feel if employees in your org started using a web-based app for corporate documents?

http://www.writely.com

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No Way

by Popsprice In reply to Google launches public be ...

A former employer experimented with applications running on servers rather than on the local workstations. It was such a drag waiting for network responses, and don't get me started about when the NW goes down.
This Google Writely is just right for people who want something for nothing

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Yes!

by ragnajane In reply to Google launches public be ...

Isn't this where XML is taking us anyway? Web-based doc tools will be the future for managing docs within organizations (IT will want to assure security of info) and externally I can implement this now with folks that don't have Word or Excel apps to manage/share stuff.

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Web Based App

by paul.fullilove In reply to Google launches public be ...

Not now. The technology the technology that the word processor would be built on is a moving target. As for the second question, using a web-based app for corporate documents, at this time, would be crazy.

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web-based app for corporate documents -- like the company's www page?

by Absolutely In reply to Google launches public be ...

**** YES!

But, I don't really see how these things that you say "are unique to a web app (including the ability to send an e-mail to Writely and have it converted to a new doc, the ability to collaborate on a doc anywhere on the web, the ability to publish the doc to the web or a blog)" are really beyond MS Word. For example: "the ability to send an e-mail to Writely and have it converted to a new doc" - do you mean that Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Alt+Tab, Ctrl+V is too difficult? Or for another example, "the ability to publish the doc to the web or a blog" - Word can do that: Save As, file type = html. Maybe I'm displaying my vast ignorance of Writely, but when I read those sentences about what Writely can do that Word cannot, I don't see any unmet needs of mine or my corporation. Finally, regarding "the ability to collaborate on a doc anywhere on the web": Sharepoint is quite adequate, and already works harmoniously with the most popular Office productivity suite around. Making a fancy word processor, even with better features than MS Word, is not enough. To avoid hostile takeover before 2010, Google will have to develop a competitive complete office productivity app. Office 2007 will be a productivity app, not a productivity suite. Its spreadsheet component's capacity will exceed 1M rows (up from 65536 in Excel 2003!), and any parties hoping to compete must equal or exceed that standard, and the other features of Office 2007, preferrably before Office 2007 is released.

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