On heels of Writely buy, what of INetWord, Zimbra, WikiCalc?

On heels of Writely buy, what of INetWord, Zimbra, WikiCalc?

Summary: While everyone focuses on the impact of Google's Writely acquisition on Microsoft, what does it mean for some of the other best of breed Web-based productivity applications?  For example INetWord (which I've been writing about recently here and here).

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While everyone focuses on the impact of Google's Writely acquisition on Microsoft, what does it mean for some of the other best of breed Web-based productivity applications?  For example INetWord (which I've been writing about recently here and here).   Or what about Zimbra (which is often run by third parties as a hosted service). Although the business model for API-driven services in the mashup software economy isn't well understood yet, Zimbra is definitely ahead of the game here.  And then there's Dan Bricklin's WikiCalc.  By far, probably the coolest marriage of Wiki technology with spreadsheet functionality in a way that creates online collaborative spreadsheets (AJAX-driven).  The landgrab is on. The pressure is on (on companies like Microsoft, Yahoo, and AOL). It's like 1999 again.  Pre-bubble.   The valuations of these offerings and companies  (and Box.net because of Google's GDrive) just skyrocketed.  Picks anyone?

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  • Google needs to bring Dan Bricklin and wikiCalc to Google.

    All kinds of good things could happen.

    They should also thing about bringing wiki type functionality to Writely. They could make colaboration an order of magnitude simpler (and cheaper) than installing MS Office and using SharePoint servers.


    They should also be working on wikiPresentations.
    DonnieBoy
    • Whew.. that's some big thinin' there

      but very interesting thinking. It sure got my wheels turning.
      dberlind
      • Ok, we are looking forward to your thinking about how Google will use all

        of this after you have time to think about it and talk to Google and MS. But, seems to me, they could make this work an order of magnitude simpler and cheaper than the MS version of colaboration.

        Comming soon: GwikiWrite, GwikiCalc, GwikiPresent.

        Ok, GwikiOffice

        But, sooner or later, we need to stop thinking about paper formats and focus on web formats. The default output should be web formats. How many hours are wasted every year formating things for 8.5x11? Paper is so yesterday.
        DonnieBoy
  • gotta be FOLDERA. Scoble says they have

    what it takes. i need to see the product, but it seems like those in the know think it is the most robust. they are getting huge kudos from influential bloggers and IT strategists. why would google or yahoo or whoever want to cobble together lots of little pieces? based on the description on the website, foldera has all of the pieces. i'm still waiting for my invitation to see the product.
    stevecubberly9