Another tool for collaboration

Google buys Writely, a browser-based word processor.

Update: Ars Technica and The Register have more on this.

From the Writely FAQ:

What does Writely do?

Writely allows you to edit documents online with whomever you choose, and then publish and blog them online.

What exactly can I do with it?

You can:

  • Upload Word documents, OpenOffice, RTF, HTML or text (or create documents from scratch).
  • Use our simple WYSIWYG editor to format your documents, spell-check them, etc.
  • Invite others to share your documents (by e-mail address).
  • Edit documents online with whomever you choose.
  • View your documents’ revision history and roll back to any version.
  • Publish documents online to the world, or to just who you choose.
  • Download documents to your desktop as Word, OpenOffice, RTF, PDF*, HTML or zip.
  • Post your documents to your blog.


How can I get your editor without downloading or installing anything?

Browsers are more powerful these days than some people realize. Powerful enough to allow us to implement traditional word-processing functionality right there in your browser. (Provided, of course, they support Design Mode!)

Another triumph of AJAX technologies.

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