Via the Official Google Blog, Jen Mazzon of the Google Writely Team had this to say…
“For the last five months, I’ve been part of a Silicon Valley startup called Upstartle, which makes Writely, a collaborative word processor that runs in a web browser. Well, as of Monday, I’m happy to say that I, and the rest of the Writely team, are now part of Google.”
As seen in my earlier Writely review, I’ve always seen Writely as distinctive different from the ho-hum collaborative wikis out there. It’s more like a web version of Microsoft Word which lets me to do serious word processing on any computer with a web browser. This rocks and as you can see, I’ve made a virtual bouquet of flowers congratulating them on a job well done!
Writely sign-ups are closed as of writing since they’re moving onto Google’s servers. If you already have an account, you can still log right in. While I’ve been evangelizing Writely to friends of mine, I can’t help but wonder if this is Google’s way of getting into Microsoft’s territory (or world domination). If I’m not mistaken, Live.com is Microsoft’s venture into the web app scene. Google’s really dominating now, with Gmail, word of GDrive, CL2 (Google Calendar), Google Pages, Google Reader, GoogleBuy (think Google’s own Paypal), GoogleBase, you get the picture.