It seems that every few months, a new web-based office suite is born. Since I spend a good deal of my time writing, having a reliable word processor is paramount. Over time, I’ve found myself increasingly frustrated with the size, cost, and inexplicable changes to Microsoft Office. Combined with the failure of Windows Vista, the massive changes to Office 2007 has caused a lot of people to reconsider spending so much on future Microsoft Office releases.
In the past 3-4 years, a lot of companies have introduced web-based office suites to compete directly with Microsoft’s offerings. A little over a year ago, I was just learning my way around Think Free Office, and hitting a point of frustration with Google Docs. Microsoft has recently felt the pressure to bring their office products to the web via Microsoft Office Live. The public has embraced these tools, and it has created stiff competition among these companies. They are all scrambling to bring the public the features they need and want, without the enormous overhead of a desktop office suite. Recently Adobe has taken the plunge into this arena.
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I am turning on to become a big fan of Adobe Air as they are bringing more and more applications to the confines of my desktop.
For those who are not aware of Adobe Air, it is a runtime created by Adobe Inc which allows developers to create rich Internet applications that can run on any desktop irrespective of the operating system.
I have been using quite a few Adobe Air applications including Google Analytics AIR application (Google Analytics for your desktop), AirTalkr(Multi Protocol Client for IMs), Feedalizr (Freindfeed Desktop Application), Thwirl ( Tweeter Client) and Klok ( A project management tool).
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