(i almost forgot that this was sitting on my hard drive from the other day, and we couldn't have a blog entry just go missing, could we? ;)
the top 10 reasons why i fart in the general direction of web based office suites:
10. privacy: aside from yo' momma, who wants their personal data on someone else's servers?
9. the web browser provides an interface (menus, toolbars) and you want to shove another one, even more complex inside of it's little viewing area? this may work ok for email, but .... a word processor? c'mon!
8. jwz hasn't yet figured out how a web office suite will get him (or the average college dorm rat) laid, therefore i must pass on it.
7. the prospect of purchasing new servers for the office to run software we already have working just fine on the desktop is inane, thank you very much
6. training costs, anyone?
5. there have been web based (though not AJAX, granted) office apps for years and they haven't caught on
4. it's bad enough reading email chews up RAM because it's delivered via a web browser, do we really need a word processor that requires 1GB of
3. 100% 24x7 networking in the office is a dream we're still years away from achieving
2. even with AJAX, the web browser isn't nearly rich enough to meet the demands of spreadsheet and desktop database users (and no, XUL isn't ev
en close to being wide spread enough to matter). try getting groucho in marketing to let go of his linked-to-million-other-data-sources-realtim
1. there's no easily accessible and dependable network on the airplane, most coffee shops, on the highways between major cities on the beach or just about anywhere else that isn't an office or house in a developed country. and if your spreadsheet doesn't let me read and edit my information wherever the hell i happen to be, your app doesn't get used. period.
IMHO, web based office suites are being hyped for two reasons:
0. everyone loves raymond. and by raymond i mean buzzwords. and by buzzwords i mean "AJAX", "browser based apps" and "google".
1. they're trying to solve the ubiquity problem, but there are better ways to do that (and they even run in a web browser if you really must!)
and if, like ben meyer, you too want remote storage and revisioning ... that has nothing to do with the web ;)
so repeat after me: the web is a cool platform, but it's not the best platform for all applications.