PC World: ThinkFree Upgrades Web-Based Apps
Jun 20, 2000, 15:38 (1 Talkback[s])
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Desktop-as-a-Service Designed for Any Cloud ? Nutanix Frame
"ThinkFree Office applications from ThinkFree.com intentionally
mimic the widely used Microsoft Office applications in features and
appearance. But ThinkFree users can, from any computer, download
the applications as needed over the Internet, work offline, and
then reconnect to move documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
to a dedicated "cyberfolder"--a network drive with 25MB of disk
space for each user."
"Because it's a true set of applications, the ThinkFree
suite is highly interactive, with items such as drop-down windows
and menus. By contrast, pure HTML applications lack these
capabilities and have to connect over the Net to the server each
time a screen is changed."
"Buchanan says the ThinkFree programs have up to 90 percent of
the features found in Microsoft Office. ThinkFree documents,
spreadsheets, and presentation graphics are fully compatible with
their Microsoft counterparts, he says."