Need an upside to this fiscal meltdown? Smaller businesses now have the perfect excuse to move their operations, or at least some of them, online.
Web-based office automation packages are cheap. They work. And considering the almost ridiculous range of choices -- everybody from Google (GOOG) to Sun Microsystems (JAVA) to Zoho.com offer powerful ways to enter and edit text -- small enterprises looking to save money as the economy slows simply have no choice but to at least try a few.Earlier this year, graphic software powerhouse Adobe Systems ( ADBE) entered the online word-processing fray with its own online word tool called Buzzword. I reviewed the package then -- favorably, I might add -- and decided to bring the software into the heart of my own digital content creation business. For the last six months or so we have edited dozens of stories and blog items per week with Buzzword. In that time, Adobe has made a series of quiet, but important, upgrades. And our daily use of the product has revealed some interesting issues that have made me rethink my earlier enthusiasm for this product. Here is what we've learned.