Another one of my Google predictions from May 2005 has come true. Google has just purchasing its way into an online version of the Microsoft Word software program by buying Writely. Writely stores documents in a central location which allows users to freely edit their documents from any PC they log onto. I've used Writely before and think it's a high-quality program. Writely enables easy sharing, too.
Why does this matter when most people in the US will still use Word? For one, there are hundreds of millions of people around the world (China, India) ready to begin using computers and using web-enabled software helps keep prices affordable (see my article Global Implications of the $50 PC for more info). And to see what other predictions I've made about Google, many of which have already come true, please read Looking Back on Google Predictions Made in May 2005.