ThinkFree “or Die” New Java-Based Office Software Application Catching Fire
By To-Wen Tseng
| There was a time when people would download all the
wanted documents, install all the needed software and
then open the documents in the associated application
in order to read, convert, or edit them. It’s not the case anymore.
ThinkFree, a Java based office development company,
has launched a new online suite, “ThinkFree Office Live,” a
Microsoft Office compatible application suite comprised of
word processing, spreadsheet and graphics presentation applications—
all accessible online.
“We’ve been working on this (program) for more than
three years. We want to provide users free access to any document
online—spread sheets; word documents…” said Edward
Coloma of ThinkFree Live Beta development team.
With this new tool, users no longer have to download documents
in various formats and corresponding editing applications.
They can view and edit all the documents within the
ThinkFree Office Live environment.
ThinkFree Office Live also allows users to create, save and
convert documents without downloading anything—a word
document can be created and saved online and then be converted
to other formats such as text or PDF, all in the integrated
ThinkFree Office Live environment.
Even better, these documents can be easily embedded into
websites or blogs for sharing, which allows small business
owners to provide their customers with a new level of document
A user can also choose to let other users edit his/her own
documents without confusion; the “version control” tool coming
with ThinkFree Office Live will track all the editing made
by different users. Those users who share the same document
can subscribe to the “ThinkFree Office Live notice alert.”
Whenever the document is edited, all the subscribers will receive
a notice about the update.
“It’s convenient. You don’t even have to e-mail your colleagues
you’re working with,” said Coloma. “Our philosophy
is ‘anytime, anywhere’. As long as you have Internet access,
regardless of location, you can work on your documents. And
it’s very easy to use.”
Carlos Mangandy who presents ThinkFree Inc. also said,
“Nowadays people don’t have to physically get together to
work on a project. They can be anywhere in the world and still
work together. Many of our users found that ThinkFree Office
Live is a very efficient tool.”
Currently ThinkFree Office Live, now in its beta version,
has more then 700,000 registered users. For those small business
owners who want to avoid installing huge software packages
on their computers, or save money by staying away from
large licensing fees of commercial applications, ThinkFree Office
Live may be a good alternative.
ThinkFree also has other solutions for servers and online
Los Angeles City Public Library in California and Ryder
System, a transportation-providing company based in Florida,
has adopted ThinkFree Server for their daily operation.
LA Public Library considered that the tool had “no limitations
on simultaneous users” and gave them “easier management
resulting in lower operating costs due to less IT Staff
Coloma pointed out that ThinkFree Office Live Beta is so
user friendly that no training is needed if a small business decides
to adopt this new tool.
“ThinkFree Live is the most Microsoft compatible software
in the market,” said Mangandy.
Coloma agreed with his colleague: “Anybody who knows
Microsoft should have no problem using ThinkFree Live.
Another benefit of ThinkFree Office Live is its platform
independency. Built for cross-platform functionality, Think-
Free Office is compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Unix
and Linux systems. Many features can be automatically installed
and upgraded over the Web, including Internet-based
file sharing and storage, as well as end-to-end security.
ThinkFree provides a ubiquitous documentation platform
to help users work in boundless environments. And the development
team of ThinkFree has an even bigger ambition
with this new tool. “We’re not stopping here. We’ll add more
collaborates (to ThinkFree Office Live) which allow users to
make their documents smarter and more convenient,” said
Today, we announced ThinkFree Mobile for
Android, the first complete office productivity suite offering for
Android-based mobile devices. A demo can be seen at the upcoming COMPUTEX trade
show taking place June 2-6 in
Android is a software platform for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. ThinkFree Mobile for Android brings several firsts to the platform. With ThinkFree, users can create, view and edit not only Microsoft Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, but also PowerPoint presentations – a feature that has not been available before with any other solution. The new software also features support for drawing objects – another first on the Android platform. ThinkFree furthermore offers the best roundtrip Microsoft Office compatibility of any alternate office suite on any platform and comes with 1GB of free, reliable and secure online document storage.
Mobile for Android is bringing a new level of choice to smartphones by offering
a mobile office solution that satisfies the growing demand for mobility and
24/7 access to your documents,” said Kerry McGuire, Director of Software
Alliances, ARM. “ThinkFree has brought an innovative approach to the mobile
office suite that enables a consistent office experience across both
smartphones and netbooks. We are pleased
to have their continued support as part of the ARM community.”
ThinkFree Mobile for Android consists of ThinkFree Write for word processing, ThinkFree Calc for spreadsheets and ThinkFree Show for presentations. It features seamless integration with ThinkFree Online, ThinkFree's already existing online service for collaboration and synchronization across all documents. A file manager enables easy access to documents stored on expansion cards through a built-in file browser. With the commercial launch of Android for netbooks, ThinkFree plans to roll out an optimized version of its software.
ThinkFree MID edition empowers work on the go
Get the best of both worlds. Work on your PC and transfer files to your mobile device. Or, work on your mobile device with ThinkFree MID edition and create, edit, share your documents when you’re on the go.
In addition to a simplified start screen, a lightweight document viewer and seamless integration with ThinkFree Online, ThinkFree MID edition provides additional optimized features for small screen portable devices as well.
See more information : http://product.thinkfree.com/mobile
2009 Budget Pressure: How Government Administrations Can Cut Costs with Cloud Computing
Municipal authorities and local governments took a leadership role when it came to deploying wireless internet networks and truly embraced WiFi technology for the good of their citizens. This created impulses for the industry still felt today. Fast forward to today and we have a much more hesitant environment. Budget cuts make investments in new technology difficult. What, however if such investments in turn would be able to reduce overall spending and contribute to keeping within the limited 2009 budget?
Currently government administration processes are largely paper-based, incurring printer maintenance costs such as toner and repairs as well as the cost of paper itself. The shift to all-electronic paperless processes will not only drastically lower these aforementioned costs, but it will make the processes themselves much more efficient. Thus reducing processing times and overall administration workload.
The budget crisis requires government administrations to take a very close look at all processes and their costs. By eliminating individual PC workstations with full software installations and instead powering staff terminals through the cloud, government administrations can significantly reduce the cost for software licensing while at the same time not having to worry about individual installation, upgrades and maintenance of software products.
Deploying cloud computing also meets the strictest data confidentiality and backup requirements. With no physical printouts, no document copies saved on individual staff terminals and automated file backup in the cloud, the top three reasons for data security breaches are effectively disabled.
-SaaS Application Platform
eTelos decompose the Paas(Platform as a Service ) into four-Plaforms
very impressive concept and It will make road to the future of PaaS.
Let's see the their platform descriptions.
(By the way, ThinkFree Uni-Pper effectively, easily allow bloggers to post with their own technical documents )
Now, You know What SaaS is.
By the way, Do you know What PaaS is ?
Let's see the baisc concept of PaaS published by ThinkFree.