"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