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AjaxWrite reviewed

AjaxWrite is yet another online word processor – I have writen previously about other online word processors like Writely, ZohoWriter and WriteBoard.

AjaxWrite is free like the other online word processors but where it differs is that with AjaxWrite, you don’t save your documents remotely, you save them locally, on your own pc. This has significant cost saving implications for AjaxWrite and may mean that it will outlast some of its competitors.

However, when I tried to save my document – I got the following error:
File saving error in AjaxWrite

This error happened both with documents of my own and with the default Welcome.doc which opens when you open AjaxWrite.

Obviously some bugs need to be ironed out yet!!!

Google to store your data encrypted?

Yet another Google story (!) – this time Google have announced that they have bought Writely – I wrote about Writely previously, Writely is a browser-based word processor with all kinds of Ajaxy, starring, tagging and RSSy goodness!
Writely's interface

This further strengthens Google’s hand in their ambitions to have everyone save all their info on Google servers.

Om Malik had a lovely graphic on his site (reproduced below) showing how Google’s online offerings are quickly catching up with Microsoft in terms of functionality and have the added advantage of being free –
m Malik's Office Comparison

Another key difference between Microsoft’s Office offering and Google’s offerings is that you save Microsoft Office documents on your computer (or the office LAN) primarily, whereas with Google’s offerings, you save on their servers so your documents are available to you wherever you have an internet connection.

Of course the downside of the data being on Google’s servers is the loss of privacy. If information is on your computer at home (tax returns, love letters, business records, financial/bank details medical files, etc.), a search warrant is required to access it – if it is on a Google server, a subpoena is all that is required to get your information and there is no requirement on Google to notify you of that subpoena before the information is handed over!

If Google were to stand by their motto of doing no evil, they should encrypt your data and store it encrypted on their servers with only you having the private key to unencrypt it.

Don’t hold your breath!

Zoho Writer fails to impress!

I received an email this morning from an Aravind (a Market Analyst for the Zoho range of products & services apparently).

Aravind asked me to test the Beta of Zoho Writer, an online word processor. I tried it out and wasn’t too impressed!

I have tried and written about online word processors previously and both Writely and WriteBoard are significantly better than Zoho Writer in one very important respect – both worked flawlessly on the Mac!

Zoho Writer fails miserably on the Mac (Firefox and Safari)!

Aravind, if you are going to ask someone to review your product, ensure it works on their preferred platform before you pitch it to them!