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May 5, 2006, 09:03 AM
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Link: ThinkFree Office Online (beta) (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060505100358)
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Atlasland
May 5, 2006, 09:06 AM
I don't think it'll pull me away from Office 2004, but it looks like another good alternative for those that don't want to purchase Office in the first place.

chefdavidi
May 5, 2006, 12:42 PM
Of course one of the drawbacks to the online version of ThinkOffice is that you have to be online...

ASPs (application service providers) are not new.

I have long been a fan (and even an advocate) of the ASP model. Of course, it is attractive to an environment where connectivity is not an issue -- such as corporate environments, or even schools.

I was hoping that the introduction of the xServe was going to lead us to something like an eMac that would work as a dumb terminal (a la mainframe world) but with some onboard processing power. It would take advantage of the networks resources while allowing local storage and shared storage.

I have wondered if the G4Cube or the miniMac will eventually grow into that application. It would be a very cost effective way for a corporate environment or even a school to shift to Mac OS...

montex
May 6, 2006, 02:03 PM
Using online word processing and spreadsheets seems very Big Brother to me. Why would anyone who is the least bit concerned about security allow some nameless, faceless entity hold on to their documents? How can anyone know who is looking at your documents? It is crazy to think that keeping your files anywhere else other than in your own hands will keep unwanted eyes from viewing them.

bousozoku
May 6, 2006, 03:24 PM
A couple of years ago, I used their Office Suite product and it worked reasonably well but wouldn't translate everything properly so I stopped using it. It was certainly better the other way.

For an introductory period, they offered online space but I couldn't see any need for me. There have to be plenty of others who have lots of documents and want to make sure they're all backed up properly and it makes some sense for them. Even then, it makes sense to keep a copy one the computer.

Truly, it's no worse than using Google Mail. Google is scanning everything in the mail to create advertising opportunities. They could be worried about spam but that's not their main reason for "giving" away so much storage. It's a marketing opportunity. Such is the case with ThinkFree.