Leapfrog’s Peter Rip has, like many of us, been running into AJAX (or Flash, or Flex) re-dos of Office software components lately. The trend toward desktop-software-less office tools continues apace.
Wow. In the past three days I have bumped into an alpha or beta Web-incarnation for every Microsoft desktop product – several have multiple startups attacking the $11B on the desktop. Just got off the phone with yet another one. Most are AJAX, some are Flash- or Flex-based.
…The real problem with desktop apps is no one works at their desktop anymore. I remember the Office of the Future initiative at XEROX PARC 25 years ago. (Almost took a summer research job there then. But went to Oroweat instead, to make money). PARC’s vision was the paperless office. But what really has happened is the Desktopless Office. I wish I could trademark the term Net Work because that’s what people do now — the Net is integral to nearly every dimension of individuals’ Work.
and these are just the ones I can talk about….