By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2006-08-03 Print this article Print

AjaxLaunch Of the three online apps we looked at, Ajax 13s AjaxLaunch has the most limitations for corporate use.
AjaxLaunch comprises the AjaxWrite word processor and the AjaxXLS spreadsheet program.
The free suite—written in AJAX, naturally—requires Firefox 1.5 or later and supports no other browsers, a pretty big limitation for many companies. Our initial introduction to AjaxLaunch resulted in failed attempts to upload existing documents, but the feature suddenly started working a few days after we sent an e-mail to Ajax 13 to inquire about the problem. AjaxWrite is a fairly bare-bones application, but it gets the job done. After we finished working on an AjaxWrite document, we had a choice between saving to our hard drive or opening the document in Microsoft Word and saving it from there. This ensures that no documents are saved on a server somewhere—a nice feature, especially for users working with sensitive documents. AjaxXLS is currently in the viewer stage, meaning end users can upload spreadsheets to the application but can only view them. A version of AjaxXLS that allows users to create, edit and save spreadsheets is under development, but theres been no word about when it will be available. Next Page: GOffice.

As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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