Writely is now part of Google!
Yes, we've been acquired by Google, and we're really excited about this for many, many reasons. But I can hear you saying, "I don't care why YOU'RE excited - I want to know how this change will impact ME!"
Interesting play by Google. Are they really considering trying to take a bite out of Microsoft's cash cow? Maybe in the small business/home user space but I don't think so in big business. There is also the issue of how much traction an online word processor can gain. User's tend to immediately think Microsoft Word when they need to create a document. It will be hard to undo that mind set. Also, online apps are just that...online. What happens when you want to edit documents with no internet connection? Don't tell me I have to pay for Office just to edit my documents on the road? Or install OpenOffice... Two apps for the same task doesn't work. User's want one unified tool.
I'm not sure where this is going yet we'll have to wait and see. I'm sure Microsoft is watching this closely and hyperventilating and you can bet they have been working on an online version of Office. Maybe Google's plan is just to get Microsoft's knickers in a twist?
Update: Here is an interesting read on the google purchase on CNN Money.com and an even more interesting read that ties into what I was rambling about. I like his take on how this could work utilyzing desktop applications for local editing (OpenOffice) and a web application (Writely) for when you are at a public terminal. As long as files are synchronized between your Internet filesystem and your local file system that could work nicely.