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December 12, 2006

Google Office, Server Edition?

The Korea Times reports that Google discussed the possibility of buying ThinkFree, a subsidiary of a Korean company. ThinkFree is a software that wants to emulate Microsoft Office.

* ThinkFree Office is a commercial cross-platform application, that includes: Write (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet) and Show (presentation). The suite also has an iPod edition.

* ThinkFree Online is a free version of these applications that works similar to Google Docs & Spreadsheets.

* ThinkFree Server is "a web-based, server-hosted office suite which allows users to edit and create word documents, spreadsheets, and presentation files anytime, anywhere".

I think the most interesting ThinkFree component is the server edition, that could allow Google to create something like Google Search Appliance / Google Mini, or to enhance the two boxes. A server edition for Google Office will be much interesting for organizations, as they don't want to lose control over their information.

"ThinkFree chief Kang [Tae-jin] plans to take a flight to the United States this week, and he may meet with Google officials there to discuss a deal."


  1. This would be sad for the users. I dont like the idea of browsing through Google linked sites, cause they will get very clear picture of my user behavior.
    I hope their next move won't be on Wikipedia, Meebo or

  2. I tried thinkfree. It's REALLY nice. I like it much better than Google Docs & Spreadsheets.

    thinkfree's UIs are much more friendlier and attractive compared to the plain and forever blue UIs of Google Docs & Spreadsheets.

  3. Why doesn't someone come up with a way to
    actually do something different with a spreadsheet? Like enable it be connected to live data with out writing any code?

    Sheetster is close...

  4. Hopefully there are other solutions like