MIchael Robertson (of mp3.com and Lindows fame) is investing in a new venture that is primarily focused on creating Office Suite-like applications that are powered by Ajax. They’ve just announced their first release: ajaxWrite.
AjaxWrite alone isn’t very impressive. It only works on Firefox and it’s feature set pales in comparison to Writely and others. It also has a cheesy feel to it (I can’t really put my finger on it). But ajaxWrite is just the beginning. From Michael’s blog post:
But ajaxWrite is just the start. We have a library of applications we have been working on to replace most of the standard PC software titles. Every week we will launch a new sophisticated program on Wednesday at 12:00 PST on ajaxlaunch.com.
Dang. A new application every week? That’s pretty impressive. As usual, there is no business model around this stuff as of right now. And I’m still not entirely convinced that people really need a word processor in a browser. I think they want their documents to be accessible from anywhere, but I think we need to get past the “Ooooh!” factor of seeing application-like behaviors in a browser and think about the real value it brings – and the potential problems it causes (privacy, security, etc.).