What if there
alternative for Microsoft Word that would install
and open in 6 seconds, read and write Microsoft Word .doc files and run
on Macintosh, Microsoft Windows or Linux computers? And oh yeah, it was
FREE so consumers didn't have to pay $499 for Microsoft Office. I'm
excited to announce that day is here.
I go into specifics, let me
give you some background about how it all came about. Two years ago, I
received an email
from a guy named Hisham. I usually get a couple of emails a week from
someone with a big idea, but I got the sense that there was more to
one. He told me about his idea to offer a service like CNR (a
popular Linspire feature that installs programs with one click) for
all computers. He wasn’t talking about a software
system, but rather a new way to build and deliver software using the
power of the browser. This would mean that the latest software could
be delivered directly to any computer with an Internet connection
he's in Germany, I agreed to a meeting in Brussels, Belgium where I
was attending to other EU business. We met in a dark, smoky hotel
bar, which lent an air akin to a spy novel rendezvous. Hisham pulled
out a laptop and did a quick
technology demonstration. Within a couple hours we formulated a plan
to revolutionize the way consumers acquire and use PC software.
can get music, movies and news with a single click, but if you need
software program you have to drive to a store and waste the better part
of a day and a significant sum of money to get to a point where you can
use it. The same technology
that have made it possible to deliver just about anything else with a
click on a computer haven't done the same for software. Microsoft and
seemed locked into a 1980s style of business largely because their
monopoly has insulated them from competitive pressures to change.
plan is to replace bloated,
expensive PC software
with a system that
dynamically loads software to your computer when you need it and at
no cost. Want to write a document? One click and you'll have a word
processor at your fingertips. Need to create a financial model?
Click, and a spreadsheet program is at your service. The software
will always be up to date and run on any Mac/Win/Lin computer.
this mission I quietly formed a new company last year
about realizing our first products. I became the CEO and have been
working with my team to build our cornerstone applications, the
first of which we're launching today.
is a powerful word
that can read and
write Microsoft Word formatted documents. Anytime you need a word
processor, need to open a
.doc file or edit a .doc file, simply point your Firefox
browser at ajaxWrite.com
and in seconds a full-featured program will be loaded. For 90 percent
people in the world, the need to buy Microsoft Word just vanished.
This won't make Microsoft happy, but software users should be very
excited that software just got cheaper, immediate and modern.
ajaxWrite is just the start. We
have a library of
applications we have been working on to replace most of the standard PC
software titles. Every week we will launch a new sophisticated program
on Wednesday at 12:00
PST on ajaxlaunch.com. These programs will
push the boundaries of
what people believe is possible today with web-delivered software. These programs look
and operate much like their traditional software
cousins, but are cross-platform, loaded dynamically, and are available
to users at no charge. I'm
convinced if you try a few of these products you will understand how
the software business will fundamentally change.
impact of this shift in how
software is delivered
to users cannot be understated. First and foremost, we're blowing up
economic model that companies like Microsoft and Adobe have built their
empires around - selling packaged software for big dollar amounts.
Software is transforming into a service more akin to web mail, news, IM
and VoIP where the basic
offering is free. That doesn't mean that the companies behind these
make money, but that the way they make money will changes.
software is constantly
Rather than living with a software program for 3 years until a new
version is released, these programs are constantly being updated with
features, bug fixes and security enhancements seamlessly delivered
time the program is launched. As your reading this, users are trying
out ajaxWrite and giving us feedback in the forums.
The changes and fixes are almost immediately implemented so the next
ajaxWrite user sees the benefit.
these programs utilize browser
push some processing to servers, they can be small, which minimizes
requirements. Typically new versions of desktop software fatten up and
soak up all available PC performance and run slowly on older PCs.
ajaxWrite is moving
in the opposite direction. It's a slim 400K. You read that right - its
size is less than
one megabyte, which
means it runs equally well on a
low-powered laptop as
well as a high-powered desktop.
surmised from the names ajaxLaunch
and ajaxWrite, we are using AJAX technology to deliver this software
magic. But unlike other AJAX efforts that have produced web-based
programs with awkward user interfaces, our programs look and operate
like traditional software applications. Therefore, there is no need to
learn a new interface with awkward buttons or browser-based interfaces.
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encourage you to try ajaxWrite.com
from Firefox 1.5, or newer, and experience the future of software
firsthand. There's no cost. No registration required. Nothing to
install. Not even an
email address is required. We've constructed a FAQ
which will give you more technical details. Please also take
a minute to share your perspective in our forum about
other AJAX software that we'll be unveiling.
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