Adobe has joined a growing list of firms offering web-based alternatives to conventional office programs. The software developer has acquired the online word processor Buzzword, which allows users to create and share text documents on the web. Similar programs are already offered as elements of other free office software suites from Google, ajax13 and Zoho.
Microsoft has also announced a new web feature for its Office suite which lets people access documents online. Microsoft Office Live Workspace is currently being offered as free test, or "beta", software. "Office Live Workspace will provide anywhere-access to Office documents, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint files," said Jeff Raikes, president of Microsoft's Business division. "In other words, these documents will go wherever people go when they're away from their usual desktop."
People using the new feature will be able to post documents directly to an online workspace where friends or colleagues can be invited to collaborate on a document.