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
). 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?