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The question about a "cloud" version of LO or OOo was the thread.
As for LO having one, well there is a lot of server side work and expense to produce a "cloud based" application.

As for how soon will there be a cloud app that is not so limiting, it is all in the economics of server side computing, which cloud-based apps mostly are. It is expensive to have a set of servers and bandwidth to host a package that does the computing for you, instead of your system doing its own work. These servers are usually owned by large companies that have the ability to either charge a "cloud" fee or have other income sources to cover the huge costs. How many servers would be needed to do the computing power for 1,000 people using a package like LibreOffice? How many would it be for 100,000? Who pays for these servers and all the electricity? Google Docs has a mega-company like Google to pay for the servers needed to do the online "cloud" computing needed to serve all its users. Small companies, or not-for-profit ones would never be able to afford to do the same thing.

As for some large company taking LO and making it a cloud app, they are free to do the work to do so. The key is how much need is there and how are they going to get their money back? MSO is now going cloud-based, but they have the money to do the work to make it work that way.

Personally, I do not like the idea of cloud based computing, for security reasons and ownership of files. If the connection to the Internet is down on your end or theirs, you do not have access to your data.

To be honest, I do not see a lot of people needing to use cloud-based computing, except for the Tablet market. I do not know about you, but I would not want to do much typing and such on one of those small things, so the need for a large package like LO accessible to a tablet via the "cloud" is not something that is high priority to many. Since you do most business/personal work via a laptop or desktop, and not a tablet, you would use the cloud for files, not computing. The does have an office package, but limited due to resources. The cloud computing version of an office package would be just as limited and slower that the one on a desktop/laptop system until the market will bare the expense of the resources for the server power. I think you would pay a lot of money every month to have a non-limited office suite based in the "cloud", or have a company like Google foot the bill.

On 12/14/2011 04:33 AM, Alex Thurgood wrote:
Le 14/12/2011 08:37, Michelle Konzack a écrit :

Hi Michelle,

I have found an old announcement that OOo will be available  as  Web-App
and I like to know, whether it exist already and where  the  mailinglist

Note:  It seems the OOo guys will shutdown the OOo site and mailinglists

I can't answer your question directly, but as far as OOo mailing lists are concerned, they are not all being shut down, some of them have actually been migrated to the Apache infrastructure. You should look up the OOo project under Incubation on the Apache project page if you want to subscribe to mailing lists there.


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