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.

You may like these other stories...

If you're thinking that bitcoin and digital currency generally are merely some one-off flash in the pan, the new Digital Currency Council would argue otherwise. The council launched in September and already had 400...
Sponsored Content from Confirmation.com: AccountingWEB takes a look at confirmations in audit engagements, how they can serve as a doorway to fraud, and what you can do about it. Today, auditors have to fight fire with...
If your small-business clients are on the fence about cloud accounting, they've got plenty of company. A recent survey by market researcher and consultant Software Advice indicates a decidedly mixed view by respondents...

Already a member? log in here.

Upcoming CPE Webinars

Oct 21Kristen Rampe will share how to speak and write more effectively by understanding your own and your audience’s communication style.
Oct 22This webinar will include discussions of important issues in AU-C 800, Audits of Financial Statements Prepared in Accordance with Special Purpose Frameworks.
Oct 23Amber Setter will show the value of leadership assessments as tools for individual and organizational leadership development initiatives.
Oct 30Many Excel users have a love-hate relationship with workbook links.