A couple of posts have pointed out that you can create PDF documents using the service… um, you can install a free PDF print driver and create all the PDF documents you desire, and if you are too damn lazy to install a piece of software, well here’s a service that you can email documents (multiple formats) to and they will email you the PDF version back.Quite honestly I think much of this buzz has everything to do with the fact that “AJAX” is in the title of the service.
When I read the title of this post I thought maybe I might want to read it in outside of my office, then into the first paragraph I realized that it was a play on Tom Perkin's new book and I realized that maybe Mr. Perkins was in fact gunning for his ex-wife on the literary charts. Only after I read the entire post did I realize that neither were true, what Sramana was writing about was the fundamental shift in venture capital that we are well underway with now.
Lot's of blog postings about AjaxWrite today. I tried the service:
1) It ain't a word processor, it's a text editor. Which is all well and good if you want to do simple editing, but comparing it to Word and Writely does a disservice to all of the products. On one hand it sets up ajaxwrite to be a big disappointment, while on the other hand it diminishes the significant feature sets that the other products feature.
Critics of MS Word like to say "yeah but I never use all of the features in Word" and that's a fair point, but the reason it's not called "Jeff's Word Processor" is that there are people who do use the features that I don't. I never used table of contents, but my assistant did and without it she would have faced a big challenge. Over time even Microsoft will evolve to a services based application architecture where I get to pick and choose what features I need, but nobody really has that today to the level of sophistication that these applications represent.
2) Secondly, ajaxwrite didn't work very well for me. The server was largely unavailable and loading the app caused my browser to reset several times. Can you imagine using this service for critical documents and facing that kind of reliability challenge? No.
Mark and I were having a conversation this morning about open source databases and he asked a really good question when I pointed out that Salesforce.com’s recent outages were due to problems with their Oracle database implementation, while mega sites like Ebay, Google, and Amazon seem to scale just fine with their database infrastructures, which are open source products…. Keep in mind that it’s still not end-user easy, but the fact is that it’s a hell of a lot more reliable and cost effective than in years past.I spend a lot of time considering how incumbents are never really disruptive in a market but rather the victims of disruption that occurs independent of any action or intention they may have taken.