Online office – another go

December 18, 2007

technology Hey there, ho there – with the current mini-meme of online office app’s getting a bit more attention, I thought I’d give ‘em another go.  That is, I have used all the major ones in the past year and a half, but have mostly come back to Microsoft Office.

Of course, I truly need MS Office Pro – my clients need documents in Word, drawings in Visio, sheets in Excel, projects in Project, you get the point.  So I can’t get rid of Office anytime soon.

However, I can move my needs to the web.  This is nothing new as I’ve done this before, and will continue to look at both online & offline solutions for the tasks at hand.  What’s interesting is that, most of my existing data is already online.  Either in Zoho or Google Docs, I’ve already migrated my “old” data to either one of these services.

Now, some of these posts today talk about the numbers of users, and how these must be an example of the lack of interest by the user community.  While it may be true in many instances, my belief is that the applications are just now becoming really comparable to desktop-based solutions.  I do think that there is a big future for online app’s, and as more tools like Adobe AIR and Microsoft Silverlight are incorporated, there is very little limit to the things that can be done as a service.

The pieces are already in place, I’m switching back to online app’s instead of Office for my personal use.  With the advent of things like Zoho Notebook – even my need of Microsoft OneNote can be addressed.

How about you?  Do you use online app’s on a regular basis, just dabble, or avoid these like the plague?

Other people talking about online office app’s & suites today:


  1. I don’t use on-line documets at least at the moment. I however work on my projects in a tool, called by Wrike, Inc. The service is great, cause you can track your projects and tasks on the web and share them with your team. What I like most about it is that they have integrated it with e-mail, so I don’t need to spend time doble entering one and the same contents.

    Greg Beeton

    December 19, 2007

  2. Greg, it’s always great to find another example of applications that have migrated to the web, or were designed specifically for the web.

    Integration, simplicity, data security, and speed are the top things on the list for me. As long as the service can secure my data, and integrate with my other online tools I don’t hesitate to jump in.


    Rick Mahn

    December 20, 2007

  3. Amit, I have to admit that I hadn’t yet. I’ll rectify that oversight soon. ;) I’m always looking for new things that push the envelope.

    Rick Mahn

    January 24, 2008

  4. I haven’t tried the online apps yet. I personally don’t have a use for them at the moment.

    How To

    March 9, 2008

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