September 15, 2005 in 3 out of 5 stars, Hosted "Office", Hosted software, Productivity

What is it?

Writely: A web based document editor. (Kind of like a web based Microsoft Word).


Who makes it?

Upstartle, LLC

Why is it the killerest?

It has all the stuff from Word that you actually use, plus some very cool collaboration features that make it great for sharing (you can invite others to share by email, they are then able to edit the document with you, or you can share/"publish" it read-only).

It retains the complete document history, so you can roll back to previous versions at any time. 

You can upload a document to it, or create it there from scratch. It has rich document editing capabilities.

You can also download documents as .doc (Word) files, HTML or zip. It will also allow you post to your Blogger blog (other blog support coming).

What could be improved?

As a hosted application, it has the inherent downsides associated. Namely: how do I work on a document when I'm on a plane? It's also unclear what they will charge for the service when it leaves Beta (although they claim they will at least have some form of a free version).

How much does it cost?

Free during beta. "There will be a range of free and paid options, depending on usage."


Reviewed by Carson McComas

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