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Subject:   We dont need and office desktop - we need an office browser suite!
Date:   2005-08-09 04:06:58
From:   TomPotts
Having 25 years of computing experience I am always amused by the fact that the current ‘office’ offerings result in vast amounts of disconnected data spread over many machines, solving none of the problems they purport to do – crap data management is crap data management no matter how pretty it looks or how much disk it takes.

Having seen http://www.fckeditor.net/ and the ease with which this can be embedded into a document control system I feel the effort currently ‘wasted’ on emulating the Microsoft approach is keeping computing in the 1980’s. I have seen ‘useable’ javascript Spreadsheets and there are many web database front ends. Graphics/Presentations should not be a great problem. Integrate all those into a web front end for either single machine or Net usage and the world is your oyster….

A usable browser fronted ‘office suite’ would almost completely remove the need for ‘users’ to upgrade their machines thus increasing the likelyhood of company adoption.. Laptop/Roaming users should have a server/client machine that syncs to the main ‘server’ at every opportunity and the main server can easily be cobbled together using mysql/apache,directory services and (perhaps) .net/mono for driving it.