Online Word Processors as Web Based Microsoft Office Alternatives
I love Webware. Webware is software that is used inside of your browser with no download needed. I hate Microsoft Office and indeed I even dislike the open source alternative Open Office, both are huge, cluttered and complicated. There are lots of online word processors on the other hand. I tried almost all of them and I want to share with you the list of those web based word processors I used or that I rather still use.
- Google Docs, the artist formerly known as Writely is called Google Docs, it's easy to use, supports different languages without the need of switching them, it's great and I use it in English, German and Polish. Drawback: Big Google watches you! In Germany Google even reserves the right to publish your private documents, basically Google owns them.
- Zoho offers the best web based word processor aka Zoho Writer among a plethora of other online applications, I use Google Docs only because it's quicker as I log in at other Google services anyways
- Think Free Write is a full fledged online word processor based on Java with all it's pros and cons, with me here it loads a while so it's more for the longer texts not the quick e-mail
- Peepel Webwriter focuses on collaboration of online teams
- Glide is a Flash based ofice suite that offers a word processor among others, it also works on mobiles it says
- Writeboard also stresses the online collaboration
For a thorough test visit cnet's comparison of 4 of the above mentioned online word processors.
Last updated November 17th, 2010.