Is Google Still The Ajax King?

Google has taken a decisive lead in creative Ajax-based applications, but challengers abound. We review 20 other online apps to see how they stack up against Google's offerings. Snippet from the article by Preston Gralla and Barbara Krasnoff —”Welcome, boys and girls, to the computing world of tomorrow! Desktop programs are a thing of the […]

Google has taken a decisive lead in creative Ajax-based applications, but challengers abound. We review 20 other online apps to see how they stack up against Google's offerings.

Snippet from the article by Preston Gralla and Barbara Krasnoff —”Welcome, boys and girls, to the computing world of tomorrow! Desktop programs are a thing of the past, replaced by free, simple, Web-based apps that do everything from spreadsheets to e-mail -- and more!”

To find out, we've scoured the Internet for the best Ajax-based sites in six categories: calendars, e-mail, information managers, spreadsheets, desktops (known in the Ajax world as webtops), and word processors. We've picked the winners and runners-up in each category, and taken a look at a few of the other competitors in each category as well.

And the results —Google's offerings come out on top most of the time. Google Calendar, Gmail, Notebook, and Spreadsheets sweep their categories. In the web based desktop arena, there's a tie between Pageflakes and YouOS. For the word processors, it's Zoho Writer.

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Is Google Still The Ajax King?