The lads (and lasses, I presume) at ThinkFree were kind enough to ship me a USB drive with a copy of ThinkFree office. ThinkFree has a free online collaborative office suite, which is great for small business who desire to move away from MS Office for whatever reason. The version I received on USB is a desktop version which is made available at $49 per user - big plus is that it's cross-platform (Mac, Linux and Windows).
ThinkFree reminds me of OpenOffice in some ways and has had some of the more complex functionality of it's proprietary counterparts removed, leaving a fairly basic but still more than adequate offering which includes a word processor, spreadsheet application and presentation software.
What with Google's Docs and Spreadsheets gaining steady market share, online office suites are only going to get more popular, especially for those countries that have excellent connectivity and bandwidth. I get the sense we are still lagging a bit and not fully enjoying the benefits of these online collaborative alternatives.
Tags: ThinkFree, Office, Microsoft, Google, collaboration, productivity
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