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.
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.