Google buys web word processor

— 7:14 PM on March 9, 2006

CNET reports that Writely, a web-based word processing application, has been purchased by Google. Writely was launched last summer and allows users to load, edit, and save Word, OpenOffice, PDF, RTF, and HTML files anywhere, straight from their browser. The acquisition follows leaked screenshots of a web-based Google calendar service called C2, which appears to have an AJAX-based interface similar to Gmail. Considering that Google partnered with Sun and hired programmers to improve OpenOffice last year, it looks like Google may eventually offer a web-based office suite.

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