A good while ago, on the acquisition of a new laptop, I decided to see how long I could go with AJAX apps before I gave in and installed a desktop office suite.
I made it a couple of months before the lack of a decent AJAX spreadsheet broke me. Things are much different now with the likes of Google Spreadsheet, ZohoSheet and others.
In fact, I doubt that would be the breaking point for me these days. Rather, I’ve kind of fallen out of love with my 3G datacard which just gives me too much grief and until my laptop features always-on internet I doubt I’ll be ready to give away my desktops apps.
BUT hopefully when Wimax rolls around or I get around to buying a laptop where the 3G is built in and therefore hopefully delivers a better experience (in Australia, Lenovo have just this and I’ll have to try and get my hands on one to try it out) then online apps will become more than just a secondary suite of tools.
When that happens, I’m hoping we’ll finally have a real suite of tools. Now, you would all probably know Zoho, who already have a collection of the various tools, but until they really work together like their desktop cousins I can’t really come to describe them as a suite.
But we’re getting there. Zoho recently announced that you could now take your ZohoSheet spreadsheets and embed them into ZohoWriter or ZohoShow. It’s a good start. Single sign-on is supposedly also coming.
I hope Zoho is working on some kind of single file system that ties it all together. I’ve never been a fan of the way ZohoWriter handles files and I still much prefer the Writely method of doing it but what I really want is to have an online folder where I can collate all my word documents, spreadsheets, powerpoints, online just like I do on my local machine.
Then, if I’m really lucky that online file repository will seamlessly replicate with my local drive and then we’re cooking with gas.
BTW, very surprised that Sheet hasn’t yet followed Google’s lead and enabled simultaneous editing, especially as its enabled similiar functionality in ZohoWriter. I’m sure it’s coming, but this type of key functionality isn’t something I’d expect the very nimble crew at Zoho to get away with this, for this amount of time.