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LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Between the Sheets with Anyware

Feb 21, 2002, 19:35 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
"Anyware Office is also a full-fledged application server that uses Java to transport itself to almost any platform. In other words, users can point their browsers to the application server and in about a minute they can have a fully functional, thin-client version of Anyware Office running on their machine. Which takes accessibility to a whole new level. With an Anyware Office application server running in an organization, it no longer matters who's running Linux or who's running Windows. Users can use the thin-client office suite to point to a common set of applications with a common file format. A multi-user filesystem is built into the server as well, so file sharing becomes that much easier across a centralized set of directories.

A big side benefit of this technology is that you can see it in action across the Internet first and get a try-before-you-buy opportunity. The Anyware Office online demo will show you a full-featured set of Anyware Office tools, all seamlessly working through your favorite Web browser. And as near as I could tell, all of the functionality of the desktop-installed version was duplicated in the online version. I concentrated on the abilities of Spreadsheets, naturally, and found that all of the features (and the foibles, too) worked identically on each platform.

I tested the online demo in KDE with Netscape and Konqueror, and in GNOME on Galeon; no problems appeared during my use of the online version of Spreadsheets. I even tested the online version using IE with Windows XP, and everything worked there as well. To round out the test, I tried running the demo with IE on Mac OS X, and there the demo applet refused to initialize, which I thought rather odd, since Java 2 is one of the main component APIs for OS X. (The demo applet also failed to run on Netscape in Mac OS 9.2.)"

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