Todd Bishop blogged about Steve Ballmer's recent statements concerning the competition between Microsoft and Google. Bishop gave an assessment I've read so often since Microsoft's announcement of Office Live Workspace. Typically expressions such as "online editing" or "online collaboration" are mentioned then. And they would usually say that Google does it but Microsoft does not. I never understood what they are talking about. Perhaps someone can explain it to me.
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I am citing a paragraph of Todd Bishops' post because it is typical for this kind of discussion:
Microsoft's recently announced Office Live Workspace collaboration and storage service has drawn comparisons to Google Docs, but the Microsoft service won't allow for actual online editing. Instead it will work through the traditional desktop-based Microsoft Office programs for that.
So what exactly could be meant by "online editing" and what is the difference to "working through the traditional desktop-based Microsoft Office programs"? When I tried Google Docs, I didn't edit my text "online". I just edited it in my "traditional desktop-based Firefox" and then it was saved on a file server somewhere "in the cloud". I did the same with my "traditional desktop-based Word" long before Google even existed.
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I really would like to try this "online editing". Can someone please tell me how it works?