Ubuntu�s New Web Office Integration
Apr 13, 2010, 16:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jamie Bennett)
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"Open Office also has around 9 million lines of code spread over
30 thousand files, in short, its a large project. Running this on a
device with limited resources is a recipe for disaster. Of course
there are alternatives, Abiword and Gnumeric are examples of two
applications that replicate functionality found in Open Office's
Writer and Calc respectively. There are also online services such
as Google Docs and Zoho but neither of these are tightly integrated
with the desktop, until now. Enter webservice-office-zoho.
"First off, why Zoho and not, for instance, Google Docs. Both
services offer great functionality and are very competitive but the
ultimate decision came down to which suited our use case the most.
What we wanted was for a user to double click on a document which
would then seamlessly open ready for editing. From there the user
would edit, read, and maybe even save it back to the local device.
No fuss, no logging in, no other requirements, just open and get on
with it. Similary, when a user launches the application on its own,
we wanted the correct type of service to open ready for the user to
concentrate on their document. The service that allowed us to do
this was Zoho. Zoho allows the user to do all of this without ever
registering or logging in. Of course you get online storage with
Zoho if you do register, but if you choose not to you can still get
a full featured experience."