If you haven’t tried the new Writely word processor – the company was recently purchased by Google and has an AJAX-based word processor that runs in your browser, you definitely need to. I just typed out a brief document and I remain very impressed by the possibilities using AJAX.
I can cut, paste, change text color, etc. Sure I can’t do advanced things like grammar checking yet but I expect this service to evolve.
I also remain convinced that AJAX-based applications are the biggest threat to software providers. Expect many new software companies with AJAX applications who charge for enhanced services such as storage, back ups, advanced features, etc.
The Skype model will be duplicated – give away software and charge for services later — by dozens if not hundreds of companies looking to take share in virtually all parts of the software business.
What’s your opinion?