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Five months after being bought by Google, the Writely online word-processing application is now open for anyone who wants to sign up and use it.
Writely has been closed to all but its existing members since its acquisition by search giant Google back in March. But last Thursday, Google allowed anyone to join up and make use of the hosted word-processing application.
Google Opens Doors To Writely [news.zdnet.co.uk]
Although, I notice it still has a BETA on there.
Writely allows you to share and collaborate documents in real time, edit from any remote location simply using the web browser, offsite storage and backup, and, it's claimed to be easy to use.
Added: And considering that only three browsers *are* supported and none of them are IE, I don't see the point. It's like all the fancy AJAX sites that popup that only work in the version of whatever browser the developer has, and only on their computer.
* Camino: 1.0a1 or higher
* FireFox: 1.0.5 or higher
* Mozilla: 1.5 or higher
whoisgregg, I'm a bit puzzled by your browsers-supported statement. Here's what I see when I go to the relevant Writely FAQ page:
What browsers does Writely support?
Writely will work wherever you have access to the Internet via a Windows or Macintosh computer with one of these browsers:
* IE 5.5+ (Windows)
* Mozilla 1.4+, not including SeaMonkey (Mac & Windows)
* Firefox 1.0.6+ (Mac & Windows -- except for 1.5b1 on the Mac!)
Writely is not supported, and probably won't run on:
* IE 5 (Mac) or IE 4 (Windows)
* Netscape 4
Regardless of your browser type, you must:
* Enable cookies.
We've heard from some folks who run Writely running on Linux, but don't support it because there have been too many problems with it.
Interestingly enough, I've run Writely on Firefox using Redhat linux, and never experienced a problem. Additionally, I have informally tested Writely on the latest IE6 and it worked fine for me.
[edited by: Adam_Lasnik at 5:35 pm (utc) on Aug. 21, 2006]
I expected the "Unsupported browser page" to list all supported browsers so I did not dig deeper into a FAQ. My mistake. :)
Added: You may want to pass along that the "Unsupported browser page" (linked from above) recursively redirects Safari users to the "Unsupported browser page." I suspect it exhibits the same behavior in any unsupported browser.
From the vote link:
We realize it's quite popular to stay in beta test indefinitely.
But, it has always been our goal to end beta at some point.
The question is:
Are we ready yet? Let us know what you think!
YES / NO
You can come back and change your vote at any time.
Looks like writely is a bit universal, as if they were making it universal as possible but then decided to use some platform-specific code that limits some functionality.
[edited by: John_Keates at 9:55 pm (utc) on Aug. 23, 2006]