Online office packages beware! There's a new player on the field, and its name is Live Documents, developed by Instant Collaboration Software Technologies out of Bangalore. Interestingly enough, one of the company principals is Bhaita, who sold Hotmail to Microsoft in '97 for a reported $400 million USD.
“The software supports any browser that supports Flash from Adobe Systems Inc. and runs on any computer operating system, said Sumanth Raghavendra, chief executive officer of InstaColl.
Online documents can also be synchronized and worked with off-line, using a desktop client that wraps around an office suite running on the desktop, Raghavendra said. Live Documents automatically synchronizes all changes, the next time the user goes online. Users can work on the document in Microsoft Office when off-line, for example, and then the document will be updated in Live Documents for online collaboration, he added.“
With the proliferation of online programs, we're starting to wonder if there will come a time when OS is simply a matter of user preference. Once we see Epic and iD jump on the bandwaggon, we'll probably be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.