Tushar Mehta brings up some interesting aspects on web based services in the Goggle spreadsheet post. Below is his post on the subject:
Over the past 3 years or so, every chance I’ve had I’ve asked people in MS to create a “web based Office-like product” that blurs the lines between existing apps. Instead it would consist of functional components, each of which could be used independent of the others or in conjunction — imagine if you will a OneNote “writing pad” where the “things” you put in wherever you want would be components from today’s overall Office suite — XL, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, FrontPage, what-have-you.
Of course, since I never had a chance to talk with senior MS managers, it was obvious I was “whistling in the wind.”
When OfficeLive came along I briefly fantasized that someone in MS management had been thinking along the same lines as me. Unfortunately, OfficeLive seems to be another attempt to push SharePoint Services based products.
Now, maybe Google will deliver. I don’t want Writely and Google Desktop and GSheet and GMail and G Calendar and Google’s video site and…and…and… What I want is something way “outside the box.” Imagine a clean slate site where the stuff I can include are functional components: an InMail section here, an IM section there, a hidden reminders “window” that will “pop up” when needed, a ticker to keep an eye on the stock market (and maybe a “quick access to my brokerage to execute a trade” feature), a tiny space to watch streaming news channel (or even a regular TV channel), a space where I can work on a document — a document that contains text organized as I want, numbers in some tabular fashion in that area, a charting module that lets me create the kinds of charts I want (in one discussion with MS, I referred to it as “a police sketch artist for charts”), overall quality that approaches what one sees in magazines…the possibilities are endless…and, of course, all in an collaborative environment.
No, it won’t be free. And, no, I don’t have to buy everything all at once. If I don’t do magazine quality charts, I don’t buy that license. If I don’t do active stock trading, I don’t need the “rapid-access-to-broker” module.
But, what a world it would be!
I would welcome a workable business model that gives us the freedom to subscribe on online web services on demand and for which we pay for when used. Of course, it should include storage options that we can accept and trust in.
When I first heard about Office Live I also thought it would be something like web based Office System but a quick look made me disappointed as it was not even close to it.
MSFT is, as usual nowadays, ‘late to supper’. Their major concern is to please the present and future shareholders and increase the ROI on present platforms. Their upcoming focus will be on DSS, i e Decision Support Systems (the buzzword today is Business Intelligence, BI) . Later this year we will see their contribution to BI, Performancepoint Server (Analysis Service, Balance Scorecard, and a new tool called Biz #).
Google seems to put all their project to some endless beta-status, which may reflect the issue Google seems to have when it comes to find business model(s).
Perhaps a small and new company can push the well established vendors in the right direction with some powerful solution(s)? After all, competition gives us the best situation in the long run.
Another note is that the general opinion seems to be that everything on the Internet should be free. Perhaps it should be true for home users but certainly not for business users!
BTW, when You say ‘Out of the box’ the reply should be ‘What box?’ (OK, I picked that up from Bullen’s et al book) ;)