Microsoft has Office Live, Google has Google Docs, Apple has, and now Adobe has their own document web application:, however, provides more complete web applications than any of the other three. provides a file manager, which allows you to upload Word, Powerpoint, and Excel files and share them with others; a word processor, presentation and tables application; and online meeting. Of course, it is built in Flash.

This is an increasingly crowded field, and there is wide disagreement in how these applications should work. Apple and Microsoft’s applications serve as compliments to their desktop applications, whereas Google and Adobe’s are standalone.

Let’s take a look at’s applications, and see how well they work.


Google Voice has gotten all the press, but there are a number of services that allow you to forward calls to different phones and transcribe voice mails. Others can even serve as a virtual phone system for small businesses.

Let’s look at a few.


There’s certainly no shortage of ways to publish your own weblog — both hosted solutions and self-hosted. and Blogger are established, with large communities of users. So on first blush, it was easy for me to question why Squarespace would want to compete with them.

Squarespace handles everything for users — hosting, template design, and everything else necessary for a weblog — for a monthly fee that range from $8 to $50 a month.