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#2647 - 10/10/05 09:42 PM Web office
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Anyone heard of this? The idea is everything office can do as a web app. Now at first it sounds crazy. But I have been thinking about it. We have all seen rich text editors now on the net. Hell if you have gmail you have seen it. Excel or a spead sheet can be done with tables and some ajax mixed with some DHTML. PDFs can be created on the fly. For presentations or Power point you can create swf's and images on the fly with PHP. Access you have a variety of databases to choose from. Visio can be done with vector graphics/swf. Outlook can be replaced with any number of apps or just web based mail.

Looking at it... One could stand to make some bucks off this. Just think. $399 for office X vs $5 per month from http://you_company.myoffice.com

The person running this would need an ass load of storage as I see it taking off in a big way. You could allways I guess have users store documents localy, but that takes away from one of the benifits. Store and access anywhere.


Maybe,

$5 x hrs access to office products store loacaly
$15.95 x hrs access and x mb storage on server
$25.95 unlimited hrs and X mb storage on server
$35.95 unlimited hrs and X gb storage on server
$55.95 unlimited hrs and xxgb storage on server
$99.95 unlimited access and 1 tb storage on server


Thoughts?
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#2648 - 10/10/05 10:44 PM Re: Web office
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I think its an awesome idea and the market is there. It can be marketed to every new startup business out there. Although I expect the licensing fees for the software could get tricky or at least expensive.
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#2649 - 10/10/05 10:53 PM Re: Web office
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I'll betcha Google is already all over this...

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#2650 - 10/10/05 11:40 PM Re: Web office
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Sounds incredible... Could be done relatively easily, but your pricing would also have to reflect xx users for more proffitability (so many users have access, blah blah); I think that it could be relatively easy to do... Especially as most of the scripts you'd be dealing with would be Home Brewed or Freeware...

On a side note, your "Web Outlook" could just be a web based email that uses IMAP such as SquirrelMail, and then have it so that certain account levels have POP3/IMAP support through 3rd party applications...

Could be an interesting project to say the least.... For someone with time and inclination :scuffs feet:
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#2651 - 10/11/05 06:32 AM Re: Web office
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I'll betcha Google is already all over this...
Actualy they just came out and said they are NOT doing it. The idea has Microsoft jumping through hoops. On DSL reports there have been several disscussions about it. I am looking at it and even I see it would not be too hard to do. I mean there is a ton of code to write... But all the tools are in place.
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#2652 - 10/12/05 07:53 AM Re: Web office
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Thanks for the idea, I might actually try something like this. Seriously.

Ajax is fucking sweet, and Rails makes it easy and fun..

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#2653 - 10/12/05 08:33 AM Re: Web office
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#2654 - 10/12/05 06:12 PM Re: Web office
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Glad to see someone else thinks Ajax is good stuff too. I have been talking about it for months with no feed back.
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#2655 - 10/12/05 08:28 PM Re: Web office
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If you love ajax so much why don't you marry it? :p


int & Ajax sitting in a tree...

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#2656 - 10/12/05 09:13 PM Re: Web office
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/me runs away crying(but secretly hoping Ajax will love me too)

Near as I can figure never coding line one on a project like this Power point will be the hardest and most esintial to make it marketable. Verizon uses power point for every presentation. Many companies do because it makes for nice way to dissplay ideas. Flash on the fly use to creat presentations....


So far it would be feasable to have

Word processor
Spead Sheet
Presentations
PDF writer
email client
Viso/type app

I was thinking, you can sell this so many ways.

1.) write license
2.) Read license
3.) By app
4.) By Group of apps
5.) Yaerly fee
6.) Monthly fee
7.) storage space for files
8.) Bandwidth


I mean you can slice up soooo many packages.


I was also thinking. Basicaly once a word processor file is done it is basicaly a web page. But you need a way to make it appear as one file and not like a web page made up of 5+ files.

So you would need a fake/virtual file system too. This way they can pull up what is saved. Now save to local PC would be tricky.
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#2657 - 10/12/05 11:13 PM Re: Web office
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You may want to make it so that it has seperate passwords for read/write/export as well... Additonally building "master" passwords is a nessessary for "admin's" from each company...
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#2658 - 10/15/05 03:38 PM Re: Web office
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For a relly good RTE(Rich text editor)

http://fieldspar.com

It has it all.
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#2659 - 10/25/05 01:08 PM Re: Web office
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anyone making any progress?
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#2660 - 10/25/05 07:37 PM Re: Web office
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been busy with baby and vps config's and migrations; haven't given it a second thought; a paying gig is more important than a freeware one ...

I did however find a badass excel looking javascript somewhere, but i nuked the bookmark...

This is close though:
http://www.blueshoes.org/en/javascript/spreadsheet/
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#2661 - 10/28/05 05:40 PM Re: Web office
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http://trimpath.com/demos/test1/trimpath/spreadsheet_blank.html

This one has some features that make it more like a desktop app that I like, resizeable colums and rows. It loads faster and seems a bit more responsive. it is however missing a few of the features the one you posted has.
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