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InfoWorld: Java-based office suite maker ThinkFree is a company way ahead of its time

Feb 28, 2000, 20:27 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"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 dark ages...."

"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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