They are the new shiny and tiny laptops. They have created a whole new market some say. They made Microsoft re-issue Windows XP licenses despite desperate efforts to tout the new Vista.
While netbooks at first glance appear to be low budget, low performance laptops — for many professional users they are anything but a replacement. They seem to form a natural extension to their existing laptop and desktop setup. Browsing, reading and typing away on these new little things is simply a breeze. Perfect ergonomics for airplane rides and coffee shops alike. Top that with battery run times close to 8 hours on a single charge. The netbook is a dream come true for today’s mobile worker. A device that extends and supplements the laptop and desktop workhorses still used in parallel for the bigger jobs.
With more and more employees filing expense reports for the cheap $350 netbooks, what position do enterprises take? Especially when it comes to outfitting the little ones with yet another expensive MS Office license. One for the desktop, one for the laptop .. and now one for the netbook too?? That sure is not gonna fly forever.. Especially as netbook mania takes hold among employees while the sluggish economy continues to force enterprises across the world to quickly tighten up budgets just to stay afloat.
ThinkFree Netbook Edition is a MS Office compatible alternative with a mean set of collaborative features that form the ultimate office app for on the go. Agilitywise, MS Office eats up 1.5 GB of your precious tiny netbook disc space while ThinkFree Netbook Edition clocks in at just under 70 MB.
Even when running a Linux-based netbook with pre-installed OpenOffice, take a look at ThinkFree Netbook Edition as its user interface is optimized for the smaller screen dimensions of netbooks and its runtime goes easy on the Intel Atom processor for more of that precious battery time. The biggest low-down however: OpenOffice has some serious layout issues when working with MS Office files.