Use OpenOffice.org online with Ulteo !
Published on 12/11/2007
Register to be one of the 15,000 beta users
Beta users will be able to access OpenOffice.org online with collaboration capabilities through the Ulteo Online Desktop
The latest version of OpenOffice.org is now available using a browser with a single click of a mouse, with no download or installation process ('no install') of the productivity suite required. This new service by Ulteo offers many benefits for users of the productivity suite, and has been well received by early beta users across Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems.
As well as offering instant 'no-install' access, Ulteo's service also provides OpenOffice.org users with instant collaboration capabilities. A user working with OpenOffice.org on the Ulteo server can invite other people to work with him or her on a shared document in real time. Invitations are sent via email and allow access in either read only or full edit mode, simply by clicking on a link in the email.
Collaboration was a hot topic at the recent OpenOffice.org Conference. “Now everyone can use OpenOffice.org, from any connected PC, anytime, anywhere” said Florian Effenberger, Marketing Project Co-Lead of OpenOffice.org. “You even can work together on documents online and collaborate with others. This especially is an interesting option for trainers and workgroups.”
Collaboration features of Ulteo permit real-time on-line training, another hot topic for the rapidly growing number of people migrating to OpenOffice.org. Hundreds of OpenOffice.org professional trainers around the world or experienced users in the community are now able to offer the service, opening up exciting possibilities.
Making OpenOffice.org available through a browser should also help accelerate its adoption by an even broader user base. Users can introduce OpenOffice.org to others via email, invite them to discover OpenOffice.org with just one click, and can give a personal tour of the program. Very soon, bloggers and journalists will be able to add a link to OpenOffice.org in their articles for readers to click through and try the program.
John McCreesh, Marketing Project Lead at OpenOffice.org, welcomed this announcement by Ulteo: “This is an interesting development for people who want to try out OpenOffice.org without having to download and install the software. If you're wondering how OpenOffice.org compares to your current office software, this is a convenient way to see OpenOffice.org in action in a browser on your desktop. Take OpenOffice.org for a test drive today!”
Using Ulteo's service, users can exploit features of OpenOffice.org which may be missing from their current desktop software. For example, OpenOffice.org can read and write Microsoft Office files and generate .pdf format files without requiring any additional software. OpenOffice.org also reads and writes documents in OpenDocument Format, the ISO-approved standard for office documents, which can only be read in Microsoft Office after installing a plug-in.
This new service is provided by Ulteo:
Ulteo powers the online version of OpenOffice.org (see http://www.ulteo.com). Ulteo is a new project initiated by Gaël Duval, recognized for developing a user-friendly Linux distribution now enjoyed by millions of people around the world.
Ulteo aims at simplifying the way people use computers so they can enjoy applications and data rather than spending time on tedious tasks. "Ulteo is very proud to deliver OpenOffice.org to the community in a new, useful and exciting way: online and designed for collaboration. We expect that it will contribute to spread OpenOffice.org to even more users now that it is simpler than ever to try and use it in a couple of clicks" says Thierry Koehrlen, CEO of Ulteo.
With Ulteo, OpenOffice.org becomes the de facto best online productivity suite. It is standards based, mature, with lots of of features.
Ulteo is inviting 15,000 new OpenOffice.org users from Europe and North America (where the Ulteo servers are located), to test the suite online. Just register on http://www.ulteo.com/home/ooo
Ulteo's mission is to simplify the PC users' digital life, i.e, the way people use their applications, data and online services. Its first service, the Ulteo Online Desktop (currently in beta), allows users to safely try and use the latest version of desktop applications in one click, with no download, no install. Ulteo plans to release other services simplifying the life of PC users by providing easier access to desktop applications and online services as well as data management in the coming months.
Thierry Koehrlen/Gaël Duval <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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