Monday, February 12, 2007

On-line office suites

The NY Times had an interesting article about ThinkFree, which is a Web-based word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software (replicating a great deal of Microsoft’s comparable applications) over the weekend.

This model, empowered by the expansion in broadband capability and other factors, ztakes the concept of moving applications to the web to another level and could, potentially, represent a very significant platform shift in the manner in which the vast majority of the general population works on the computer.

Compared to managing some legal cases or documents on the web which legal extranet systems obviously do, this model actually promotes the development and construction of spreadsheets, documents and presentations on the web. This is an exciting development and bodes well for the continued potential expansion of managing the data associated with legal matters in legal web-based collaboration systems.