Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Google, Sun to bring StarOffice to Web - Computerworld

"Google Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc. are expected to unveil a collaborative effort later today that will bring StarOffice productivity applications to Google users, according to sources familiar with the companies' plans.

The move is expected to be part of a larger technology initiative in which Sun will help Google build a network to provide Web-based applications that will enable the companies to compete with their common rival, Microsoft Corp."

Great move, and not unexpected. I'm surprised Google would need or want Star Office however. I look forward to the day when I can do formatted documents and spreadsheets on the Internet the same way I now do mail. 98 percent of what people use Windows for just became obsolete. Note that the technology to do this has been around a while. Even Microsoft could implement something like this if they thought it was in their best interest, which it isn't as long as "suckers" will pony up Kilobucks for client software.

Update: One example of existing solutions: http://www.zoho.com from a comment to this entry. They even seem to have a free version (linux compatible!) for individual use.


  1. On a related note, our company, AdventNet, has released Zoho Virtual Office http://ZohoVO.com (web email & collaboration), http://ZohoWriter.com (online word processing) and http://ZohoPlanner.com (online organizer tool). Please take a look.

    Sridhar Vembu