OpenOffice Online Beta Goes Live

Run, don't walk, to your nearest PC to sign up.   Only the first 15,000 registrants will get in, according to Ulteo, developers of the online version.

The beta which is open to the first 15,000 subscribers, offers access to the complete OpenOffice suite without any prior installation, and 1GB of free storage.

The suite also adds collaboration capabilities, allowing multiple users to work on a shared document, with the changes tracked in real time.

Ulteo clearly has high hopes for the software, citing the potential uses in schools and colleges. The company also claims that taking OpenOffice online could help broaden adoption of the open-source office package.

There are apparently still openings in the beta, as we were able to sign up.  However, as the site clearly warns on its home page, there will be lag (and a lot of it), as the program has proved popular.  Be warned!