Browsing Office and Storage 2.0

Coincidentally (or maybe not so) in the past week, I’ve been in a few conversations about more and more apps coming to a browser near you enabled by Ajax – namely an alternative to the Microsoft Office suite. Paolo Massa is working on AjaxOffice and Writely is an alternative to Word already available in beta. Which begs the question – where is all of this data going to be stored? Flickr already stores my photos, but what about every other filetype? Perhaps it would be better if all of my own files were tagged and stored remotely, as Jesse Andrews suggests, “Web 2.0 needs Data 2.0! A del.icio.us for files.” Will the browser finally render my OS inconsequential and break the MS stronghold? I am not saying that these ideas/plans aren’t without concerns, but they are definitely thought-provoking.

UPDATE: It’s tough to continually monitor the blogosphere for everything relevant to a conversation. Case in point, last night I as I was catching up, I saw this post by Robert Scoble and the follow-up by Om Malik debating the role of thin clients. Also, read Richard MacManus’s thoughtful piece as well.

David Beisel

David Beisel is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has been focused on early stage Internet startups his entire career, both as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. As an investor in the digital media space, David was most recently a Vice President at Venrock and previously a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, David co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship product BargainDog. Sombasa was successfully acquired by About.com where David served as Vice President of Marketing. David holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University. He also founded and leads the Boston Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly entrepreneur events drawing a thousand attendees.

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