Writely is Awesome

I signed up for Writely, and so far I’m very impressed. I think Google Office is complete now – all they need to do is to merge it with the rest of Google applications, and we will have a complete office suite:

  • Email – check
  • Calendar – check
  • Spreadsheet – check
  • Word Processing – check
  • Instant Messaging – check

So now around 80% of your everyday tasks can be done online. I think Writely will be most useful for college students who often are forced to write their papers in campus computer labs when their roommates are obnoxious or refuse to share their computer. I have heard many tales of woe about floppies going bad, lost flash sticks, or computer crashes that resulted in loosing last 4 pages of that super important paper.

I could also see people using it to take notes in class. It takes out the hassle of transferring the file from your laptop to your desktop and etc..

As with everything Google related, I think the rule of thumb is – do not use it for stuff you would rather want to be kept private. Actually, that’s a rule that implies to the web as a whole. If you want to keep something private, do not put it on a publicly accessible server. Even if your host guarantees you privacy, they can always be forced to hand over your stuff by the courts.

What is next for Google? Are they going to implement the missing office apps? We still do not have a decent web based presentation suite. This is something they could definitely look into. Perhaps extending S5 would be a good start here?

[tags]writely, google, google office, office, word processing, presentations, s5[/tags]

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5 Responses to Writely is Awesome

  1. Travis UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    he he now all we need is “Google Bill Pay” and “Google Checking”

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  2. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Well, there is Google Checkout – google’s response to PayPal.

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  3. Travis UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    True… But its not at PayPal Level yet i cant just send people money with it… last time i checked

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  4. Eric G UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    LOL, in 5 years you (and everyone like you) are going to HATE Google and their “EVIL” ways.
    I am counting the days down…..

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  5. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Very likely. But for now, they are for the most part doing more good than evil. Their applications do not try to lock in users, they use open standards and work hard to ensure compatibility with competing products.

    The biggest concern with Google right now is privacy and will become bigigger and bigger of an issue as we go on. But for now, I’ll take Google over Microsoft any day!

    When they turn evil on me, I will simply stop using them.

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