MS Office Clones Provide Web-based Productivity
Still, Office may not be everyone's solution. There are clones of some of the most popular productivity suites already on the Web.
ThinkFree Office  has positioned itself somewhere in between Web-based software and the kind that all of us are familiar with on our PCs. ThinkFree downloads its Java-based applications, but also uses the Web to enable users to transfer files. The program also automatically downloads any updates every time you connect to the Web.
Obviously, bandwidth is a concern with any Web-based application - the faster your connection, the faster your download and productivity.
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