Rafe Needleman writes:
ThinkFree, an online productivity software company, is betting on Internet-delivered software. Its Office Online productivity suite (a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation program) runs entirely online. However, while Office Online may not require that the user install software, that doesn’t mean it is a lightweight application. The program needs a local CPU to run on. According to ThinkFree CEO TJ Kang, “Office Online is not really a server-based app. Most people already have powerful computers on their desktop. We make full use of that.” Like many other online applications, the Office Online application modules are in fact installed on the user’s computer as they are needed – it’s just that the programs use Java as a platform instead of Windows, and Java does a much better job of hiding the installation process.