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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Google launches Writely Beta

Google has now made the Writely beta publicly available.

I still maintain that Google are missing the point on how the software industry should move away from thick desktop software to web-based applications. They have edged one step closer to implementing all features that one expects from a desktop application on the web (Writely even has a nice right click context menu). However the main problem still remains that everything uses their servers, their downtime is your downtime, their data loss is your data loss and their privacy policy is your privacy policy. This will be unsatisfactory for many users, and hopefully all businesses (isn't most money made selling software to businesses?).

When will Google start to license server software so that users can implement their own GMail, Writely, etc. system? I would also assume that there is nothing anywhere near as proprietry as Googles search engine within the code to Writely, so they shouldn't even need to insist on locking it away in their own metal box before selling it on either (as is done when Google licenses its search technology to businesses). Hell, if they are so up on their "do no evil" policy and trying to be the anti-Microsoft... why not open source it?

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3 Comments:

  • Arn't you missing something?! Like what on EARTH is writely? I supose I should google it but shouldnt u have a link or something!?!?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 1:22 pm  

  • Writely.com.

    Make an effort!!

    :)

    Nony

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 12:20 pm  

  • And actually. What I find most notable is how ugly the home page is. I always thought Google had a certain aesthetism but I'm afraid the face Writely presents to the world looks cheap and homely, with the colorscheme clearly selected by a style-impaired 1970s housewife. Nony.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 12:24 pm  

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