MS Office Clones Provide Web-based Productivity

It's no secret that more and more of our software applications and suites will be Web-based, even before the new year is up. Microsoft already has turned its Office suite into a Web-based application, and is working on improvements so that the next version will be ready by mid-2001.

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.

Two others, FreeDesk and NuoMedia are totally Web-based compared to ThinkFree, which means the programs require the user to connect to the Web in order to use the software.

Obviously, bandwidth is a concern with any Web-based application - the faster your connection, the faster your download and productivity.

For a product comparison on all kinds of software, as well as information related to the topic of Application Service Providers, visit IDG.net's story on this subject.

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