"ThinkFree is ahead of its time. Probably much too far ahead of
its time. But if ThinkFree eventually rises above its competition,
this will be the most likely reason: ThinkFree has the right idea
about how to exploit the power of both client and server in its
attempt to bring a Java-based office suite to the Internet.
Because the suite is in Java, ThinkFree wants to use the
portability of Java to make its office software popular in the
growing Linux desktop market.
"The need ThinkFree hopes to fill is obvious. Few people I know
like to lug around a notebook computer. It would be more convenient
to be able to walk up to any computer connected to the Internet and
work from there. You can practically accomplish this today via
Web-based e-mail, calendaring, and other such software -- although
you can't work in style that way. Most Web-based software is in the
"If you want to carry your work with you in order to get things
done on an airplane, for example, ThinkFree does that as well. You
can copy your files to the server later. Right now you have to do
that manually. ThinkFree does plan to create a synchronization
program like the PalmPilot so that you can sync up the files from
your notebook easily."
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