AjaxWrite, the Newest Ajax Office Entrant

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AjaxWrite, an online Ajax version of Word, is the newest entrant into the online office space. It opens and saves documents in Word format (you can also save in PDF), has good basic functionality and is fairly fast. I agree with Michael Robertson, the man behind AjaxWrite, that this and other Ajax Word products like Writely and Zoho Writer significanly reduce the need for most of the world’s population to buy Microsoft Word.

AjaxWrite is bare bones by design and fast. If you need to read and/or edit a Word doc quickly, this is a workable solution and I assume it will get better and faster over time. AjaxWrite currently is Firefox only.

Michael also tells us to look out for new weekly Ajax applications at his new site, AjaxLaunch. AjaxWrite is the first. I’m looking forward to the next.

Will things like AjaxWrite have an impact on Microsoft’s Office revenues over time? Yeah, it must. Even so, Bill Gates says that he just doesn’t understand our infatuation with thin client versions of Word. That may be true, but at some point I expect Microsoft to come out with ad supported versions of their own clients…they’ll just wait, of course, until they have to. And Google has pushed the envelope with its recent acquisition of Writely.

More on GigaOm. Om asks about the business model…If people start using this as an alternative to Word, money can easily be made on advertising around the site, with a premium paid version. It won’t be a huge money maker, but hey, that’s the point – to drastically reduce the cost of using Office for the average user.

  • http://drumsnwhistles.com/ Karoli

    You mean I haven’t been writing crap all along? Hot damn, I feel better already!

    Oh, wait. That’s why I never make it onto Techmeme. or Memeorandum. ;-)

    Great post, lots to think about. Every time I think I understand the attention v. gesture models I have to go back and make sure I really do. Or not.

  • David

    Steve, I’ve been meaning to say this for a few posts now, and maybe nobody else has the courage to say it to you, but here goes… I have no idea what you are trying to communicate to your readers here.

    Unlike your very lucid speaking and debating style, I find your writing here extremely difficult to follow… I mean no personal offense, but reading this is like being stuck in the corner of a campus pub with a drunk media theory professor from whom one cannot flee. All that’s missing are a few arcane references to recently dead Frenchmen and your unreadability will be complete…

    I’d love to see some of your insights tightened up with a bit more exposition for those of us not so tightly dialed into your previously established perspectives.

    Kind Regards,

    • Steve Gillmor

      lucid speaking and debating style? What evidence do you have for that? tightened up with a bit more exposition? interesting advice.

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  • Peter Boot

    Arrington needs to use some sort of breathalyzer device to restrict Steve’s posts

  • http://blog.stealthmode.com francine hardaway

    I think I hear you saying “let’s keep going to see if we can get at what’s really important to us to read or know.” (which is therapist-speak for “huh?”)
    No, I understand what you are saying. This is important, so many people have put out solutions, but none are perfect.

    • Steve Gillmor

      no, I’m saying solutions have been in place for at least 2 years but they are widely ignored. The market has yet to really find the problem. Track being stymied delays the awareness. Just a matter of time.

  • http://scobleizer.com Robert Scoble

    This will be on Techmeme shortly. Why? Because it already is on friendfeed. :-)

  • http://scripting.com Dave Winer

    Hey I thought you said this piece was about me. I want some attention! :-)

  • Technocrat

    “Now that rich media platforms are emerging on top of this console (Gmail, Mesh, Flash) the battle has shifted from control to contract.”

    Gillmor, what are you smoking? Since when is Gmail a rich media platform? WTF?

  • http://www.adsense8.info/ Tim

    Thank you for sharing this.

  • Ardor

    I agree with David above. I have tried to read your posts Steve but I can’t figure out what’s your key point often.

    I’d consider thinking about your readers as much as your ideas. We all want to continue reading.

  • Guru

    It’s all so clear and simple – those who don’t ‘get it’ lack the cumulative experience to ‘need it’ and, hence are intellectually unable to comprehend and experientially unable to utilize.

    Don’t give up, keep trying – it all makes sense.

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  • http://www.eisnerdigital.com Joe Eisner

    You’re obviously a smart guy, you obviously have many smart people reading your posts intently and I think I understand the point you are trying to make.

    However, you need to read some of your own sentences and realize how many whiz-bang words you are concatenating into Dilbert-like sentences that make no sense. It’s precisely sentences like those that follow which make technorati the butt of jokes by Scott Adams and the writers of “The Simpsons”.

    Twitter represents the latest and greatest instantiation of gestures, where apparently unprovoked statements circulate aysnchronous (or asymetric) overlapping Follow clouds and provide a dynamic DVR control for Web content. Now that rich media platforms are emerging on top of this console (Gmail, Mesh, Flash) the battle has shifted from control to contract.

    What people call filtering is the contouring of dynamic systems to reflect the aggregate gestures of affinity groups. Whether it’s the affinity group as modeled by a single individual (Techmeme) or the gestural cloud orbiting individual brands (TechCrunch, Scoble, O’Reilly, Feldman) or even the collective noise of Digg, Google, or Huffington, the power of affiliation continues to trump most every business model of the outgoing generation.

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