Fakeoffice – the genuine alternative to MS Office and Google Docs.

I was a big fan of Google Docs, until just recently when I started paying close attention to another similar service by name Zoho Office. I had been hearing about Zoho for sometime but had no motivation to try it out. But that changed earlier this week when I read an article in which Ron Markezich, Corporate VP of Microsoft Online, was said to have called Zoho a fake office suite.
Being the natural gossip I am, I decided to take a closer look at this fakeoffice that MS was attacking. And I am now a Zoho convert. I am later going to import all my Google Docs to Zoho. To say I am impressed by Zoho is an understatement.
Zoho is a really great alternative to both Microsoft Office and Google Docs in every sphere. It has a mail service where you can send emails like the usual mail services out there, you can organize and sync your calendar, work on documents- word processor, spreadsheets, presentation- and export them to your blog or share with your friends and colleagues.
Everything, like my once beloved Google Docs, is online which means I don’t have to keep mailing documents to and fro or carrying them on my flash drive. I can access my work papers from my Ubuntu box at home, on my XP box at work or just hop into an internet cafe and edit that report which I have to
submit first thing when I open my eyes.
The killer thing I like about Zoho is its simple interface and non technical mumbo jumbo. Another thing that really won my heart is the ability to export docs I create to my blogging platform, in this case Blogger but with support also for other blogging platforms. This very post you are reading was created using Zoho. If you have ever used any office suite, be it MS Office, Google Docs, or my housewife Openoffice, you are going to be at home with Zoho.
This wonderful full fledged productivity suite (the personal edition is free) is really going to give the big guns a run for their money. Being a very web centric guy, I love to have my documents on the go and thus have developed some real enthusiasm for web apps like this. I use Openoffice which came with my Ubuntu install, but not as compared to Google Docs since I move about a lot.

If you are a curious person like I am and love to try out new things, you certainly need to give Zoho a try.  I think if they keep doing what they are doing now, they really stand a chance of making it big. I’d  like to know how you find the fakeoffice suite and if you think it can stand the might of both Google Docs and MS Office.

Openoffice.org – Five things MS Office users do not know.

Open Office is one of the most powerful products that the Free Software community has produced to date and is the default office suite on most Linux distros. It is a free, open source, powerful, cross platform and full fledged office productivity suite. If you are still dragging your feet about using this great saviour from the resource hog MS Office, then read on to see what you are missing.
Free
One of the greatest things about OO.org is that is absolutely free. It is released under the LGPL license and thus is free from any licensing hassles whatsoever. You do  not have to pay out your hard earned income to use this software. You can install it on as many computers as you want and make as many copies of it as you like, it is up to you. All you have to do is just dowload it and install. Thats it. It runs on all popular platforms out there too. What more can you possibly want?
Extensions
OO.org  can be customized extensively with the vast array of extensions available to you also for free. From simple calender extensions to very complex spreadsheet extensions, there is always an add on for your needs and it is always a few clicks away.
High Quality Office Suite.
OO.org is developed by a worldwide community of people like you and I. You can contribute to the development of this great application in so many ways the easiest of which is to donate some few dollars to help cover the cost of development. Having thousands of people develop the application has resulted in a very high quality product due to the fact that lots of people get to see the code,  make corrections and give valuable inputs, with more people testing it and giving feedback resulting in a very stable, reliable, high quality world class product. There is no secret in the development of OO.org
Frequent updates and releases
OO.org has a track record of making updates available as quickly as possible to correct any discovered bugs. This ensures that you always have a bug free office suite to work with. You should not waste your valuable time trying to cope with a bug instead of working. Also, there is a frequent release cycle of OO.org ensuring that you always have the latest office producutivity suite.
Support
There is always some form of suport available to you, whether you are thinking of using OO.org in your home, school or deploy it in your enterprise setting. There is free community support and commercial support availble. There is also professional training available should you need it. There is also a vast array of books available one of the very best being  Getting Started With Open Office .Org 3.0: Openoffice.Org V3.0, a very good book for those who are thinking of starting out with OO.og.
There are more reasons why you must switch to this great application, but I will  restrict today’s post to these 5 basic ones and leave the rest to those of you who are already using OO.org to add to in the comments. You no longer have a reason not to try Open Office again. Go ahead and be free. Use Open Office. Talkback!

Getting Started With Open Office .Org 3.0: Openoffice.Org V3.0