The folks over at GravityZoo have posted about their project to wrap the GravityZoo framework around OpenOffice.org, effectively making it possible to run OO.o completely in an online mode, no installation or updates needed on a local client.

The mind reels at the possible implications of a totally free and accessible online version of OpenOffice.org! (Oh, and I do know about Thinkfree Office, we even blogged about it recently.) What will happen if you can simply connect from any machine in a cyber-cafe or public terminal and continue work on your Great Trans-Continental Novel or Expose of The Great Harm whenever and wherever you want?

The possibility of use in emerging markets is another very interesting concept, with the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) program about to distribute a large number of Linux-based machines to the rest of the world.   Having an online version of an Office-like suite would make backing up, data-retention and disaster-recovery scenarios much less complex, at least from a local user point of view.

What uses can you come up with for an online version of OO.o? Would you use it more or less than a local version? What information would you make available to get a free account and a certain amount of storage on someone’s server so you could access this everywhere? (I assume that is how it would work).

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