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Thoughts about the Online Office Trend

As with many of my readers, much of what I do is split between work and home. Sometimes, (like now), I’ll start a document at work to continue later at home. With the boom in online “office clones” that has been gaining ground over the past couple of years, it seems like I’ve tried them all. Not because I’ve wanted to, but because none of them have really done what I wanted, and yes I am picky, or so my wife says.
My favourite at this stage is zoho.com, I don’t feel particularly attached to it, but it is useful for writing the start of blog posts, working on long term documents that are going to got through multiple revisions, and for those documents that require some collaborative input.
If you are still stuck using Microsoft office, at least give open office a try, and see if one of these online alternatives such as Google Docs or Zoho do the trick.
I’m not yet convinced that any of these programs as up to the challenge of being a fully fledged business office suite, but I have read of people doing just that. Do you use any online office applications? Why? Or perhaps, why not?
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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

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