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Microsoft Office Web Apps vs Google Docs

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If you believe Google, virtually all software will be web-based soon - and as if to prove it, Google now offers a complete suite of office productivity applications that run in your browser.

But Google isn't the only one. A number of competitors are readying web-based office suites of their own - most prominently Zoho, but even Microsoft is getting in on the act.

In addition to the typical features of desktop productivity suites, each offering promises greater integration with the web, including collaboration and publishing features not available with traditional apps.

But how serious are they? Even with today's modern browsers, can browser-based apps truly substitute for Microsoft Office for real-world work? I decided to find out.

Armed with a selection of demo documents and actual work from my own files, I put Google Docs, Zoho and the Technical Preview version of Microsoft's Office Web Apps to the test.

Predictably, the results were mostly a disappointment - but my experience yielded unexpected surprises, as well.

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