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Google and Writely

Online Word Processing Done Writely!



Writely is an online word processing service now hosted by Google. This service allows users to create documents online from any computer, anywhere in the world. Documents created using the Writely service can then be published on a website, a blog, tagged for distribution, made public on Writely itself, and more. There is even a feature that will allow you to collaborate with others. Writely’s online collaboration will show you what changes have been made and why, allow you to roll back to a previous version, and even alert you if a collaborator is making revisions to the same document you are writing.

Writely is very easy to use. Its interface is built to mimic a desktop client. Writing in the interface is a snap as controls common to desktop word processing clients are the same in Writely. Additional features such as collaboration, online publishing, and submitting to a blog are intuitive, requiring only a few mouse-clicks to complete. For those with a desire for more control over the look of the final product, Writely provides an HTML view.

All documents are stored in servers that are backed up every ten seconds. When a back up occurs Writely notifies the user with a quick, non-invasive alert, and changes the time stamp on the document to reflect the most recent save. Those concerned about security need not worry about unauthorized access to their documents. No one has access to your documents until you make the document public, or invite collaborators.

For several weeks Writely was closed to membership during beta testing, and migration to the Google architecture. As of the 17th membership is now open to everyone, free of charge.

Writely online word processing is one of a growing number on web-based alternatives to the Microsoft Office Suite, and MS Word in particular. Other entrants to the online office application race include ThinkFree and Zoho Writer. While Microsoft’s planned update to their Office Suite of applications includes web-functionality, they have not been able to provide a concrete release date as yet. In the meantime, free applications such as Writely provide those seeking freedom from their desktop client, and platform dependence with a powerful writing tool.

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