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Online Collaboration Tools, 23 Things Step #9

March 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Step #9 of the 23 Things on a Stick program is Online Collaboration Tools. Zoho and Google Docs have each created free online word processors and other productivity tools that provide some of the functions found in commercial applications like Microsoft Office.

I was unable to edit the document in Google as I apparently don’t have permission. It’s interesting to read some of the edits made by other people, although editing the Declaration of Independence feels a bit like vandalism. These tools lack some of the polish and functionality of the commercial stuff but they excel in collaboration. It’s trivial to set up a document and give a bunch of people the ability to edit it. That’s very cool.

Can these tools replace Office? Here’s an interesting article at InformationWeek examining that very question. It’s a few months old so some of the details on functionality in Zoho or Google may have changed. Nevertheless, it’s an informative piece.

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