After Google purchased Writely, an online word processor along the same lines as their spreadsheet application, the door closed on anybody wanting an account but not having an invitation. According to the Writely website, signups were suspended until the service moved to Google's servers.
Just over a month ago, Google did just that, but users still needed an invitation to get a new account for the service. Google has finally opened up the service so users are now able to sign up without jumping through hoops.
Oddly enough, there is no trace of Writely using Google Account authentication though. Earlier last week we saw that Blogger began migrating user accounts -- something Writely should do sooner than later.
I am also slightly disappointed that the interface was not updated to be more like Google Spreadsheets at the same time. If their plan is to offer a suite of online productivity applications, it would make sense for them to keep the interface as consistent as possible.
What do you think? Would you like an interface more similar to Google Spreadsheets? Are you surprised that they are not using Google accounts for the new service yet?