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Free Web-based Office Applications
Date: Sunday, June 24, 2007 @ 17:24:56 CDT
Topic: General

The increase in availability and quality of web-based applications may spell the end for Microsoft's venerable Office suite of productivity applications. As if the threat from freeware applications like Open Office wasn't enough, new web-based alternatives are arriving almost daily to compete with the likes of Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

Does it mean that web-based versions of MS Office applications are in the works? Don't hold your breath. But being able to edit documents, create spreadsheets, edit images, and track email, tasks and customers should get less expensive, if not easier, since most of the applications in our web-based office toolbox are free.

Application Alternatives
Internet Explorer (browser) Firefox, Opera, Safari (yes, Safari now runs on Windows)
Outlook email Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Zoho Mail
Outlook calendar Backpack, 30boxes , Google Calendar, Kiko, Yahoo! Calendar
Word (text editor) Google Docs, ThinkFree Write, Whiteboard
Excel (spreadsheet) Google Spreadsheet, ThinkFree Calc, Zoho Sheet
Powerpoint (presentations) Empressr, Google Presentation (soon), Spresent, Thinkfree Show, Zoho Show
Project (project management) AceProject, AgendaPoint, Basecamp, Clocking IT, GoPlan, Hiveminder, Lighthouse, Project Desk
Paint, Photoshop (image editors) Cellsea, Fauxto, OnlinePhotoTool, Phixr, Picnik, Picture2Life, Pixenate,, Preloadr, SnipShot
ACT! (CRM, contact management) Highrise

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