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Web-based office applications have reached top heights these days: bringing together several features you won’t find in traditional office software i.e. Microsoft Office. These include: document sharing, group collaboration, support for all popular Office file formats, and remote access and editing. Although it’s still yet to reach a stage where it can be used as a viable alternative to your local office software, it definitely makes an excellent complimentary tool. So in case you’re looking for a free, all-in-one type web-based office suite than one of the below ones should be a good place to start with.

(1) Zoho – Office
Very well implemented, all-in-one type office suite. Zoho consists of several stand-alone applications ranging from must-haves i.e. Zoho Writer (for Word processing) , Zoho Sheet (for Spreadsheets) and Zoho Show (for Presentations) to more specific tools i.e. Zoho Project and Zoho Meeting. Additionally, Zoho provides a handy plugin for Microsoft Office letting you work on office files offline and quickly sync them afterwards.

(2) ThinkFree
Thinkfree provides solid and well-integrated office suite, supporting 3 main office applications: Word, Spreadsheets (i.e. EXCEL) and Presentation documents. Once you sign-up, you’ll be provided with an easy-to-use control panel (aka Webtop) where you can create, edit, store, organize and collaborate on documents. ThinkFree also features a premium version (non-free) which lets you work on your ThinkFree docs both online and offline. More on ThinkFree

(3) Google Docs & Spreadsheets

Unlike Zoho and ThinkFree, Google Docs doesn’t provide support for working with presentation files (i.e. Powerpoint). However, it really does an excellent job, when it comes to Word and Spreadsheet docs . It is clean, simple to use, feature-rich, collaboration friendly and fast. Read more on Google Docs here Google Docs and Spreadsheets Google Docs and Spreadsheets Read More OR check out Demo (with Screenshots).

  1. Chris Wade
    April 18, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Google Docs now offers power point compatiblity.

  2. kanson
    December 21, 2007 at 1:20 am

    Star-Office is an integrated office application suite, offering you the latest tools and technologies. It´s fully compatible with programs like Microsoft Word and Excel, WordPerfect, and comparOffice. In addition, starOffice uses a next-generation open XML format natively. $70 worth of software - get it FREE here-http://www.star-office.com

  3. Sean
    December 7, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    Don't forget OpenOffice at opernoffice.org
    It's also free.

    • Aibek
      December 7, 2007 at 8:20 pm

      How can I forget OpenOffice ? It's my favorite one. I didn't list it here because I only looked at web-based office apps.

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