The space of online office has been shared by three major competitors – Google, ThinkFree and Zoho. ThinkFree stands out amongst it competitors by providing ability for web office users to work on the documents offline. Google Docs offers Gears, a software platform that is a browser extension to let you take your documents offline, work with Web applications while disconnected, and then sync the changes automatically when the user reconnect. ThinkFree customers have had this ability via its ThinkFree Manager since long.
ThinkFree Office’s sync tool, ThinkFree Manager, is available to all buyers of its desktop version of ThinkFree Office, so documents stored in a ThinkFree Web account can be worked available offline and automatically synced when you reconnect. ThinkFree provides My Office services which allow managing documents anytime from anywhere perfectly. One can manage their document from home, office ( ThinkFree office ) or manage from hotel, airport, library ( via online office ) or while moving using mobile office
As ThinkFree Office opens Microsoft Office documents and Microsoft Office opens ThinkFree documents, there are no obstructions to share documents with Microsoft Office users. As the UI of ThinkFree Office is similar to Microsoft Office, it masks it easy for Microsoft Office users to easily migrate to ThinkFree Office.
ThinkFree offers two products: an online, web-based office suite and a Microsoft Office-compatible suite for the desktop. Users can synchronize data between the web service and their desktops via the SyncTool ThinkFree Manager.
A perfect document management system My Office provides the following:
1. 1 GB of free space
1 GB of free space is provided by My Office so you can store and access all of the documents in secure server of ThinkFree without the hassle of backing up, virus protection etc.
2. ThinkFree office for desktop
ThinkFree office for desktop is a suite of office software package that is compatible with Microsoft® Office. ThinkFree office runs popular formats like .doc, .docx, .xls, .ppt and .pptx.
The office suite software package includes
– ThinkFree Write for word processing, an online word processor
– ThinkFree Calc for spreadsheet
– ThinkFree Show for presentation
ThinkFree interface is easy to learn unlike Microsoft Office but the look and feel is like Microsoft Office. It supports multiple operating systems like Windows, Mac and Linux.
3. ThinkFree online Office
ThinkFree documents can be saved directly on the online secure storage. ThinkFree supports multiple languages like English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Chinese and Japanese.
4. Sync Tool
ThinkFree Manager ( Sync Tool ) handles updating the latest file information. You can keep making documents anytime anywhere and the File Sync handles updating the latest file information so you don’t have to spend uploading the latest changes you did while you were offline.
5. Powerful HTML editor
Web Word “Note” provides a powerful web editor for powerful blogging. Easy to edit as various templates and layouts are provided. You can create various mashup services ( yahoomap, youtube videos, flickr images
6. Sharing Documents
Sharing documents is very easy as you don’t need to email the document as an attachment. You can simply email the link to the file located on the ThinkFree server or synced folder on your desktop using any of your own email application. Its easy to choose who can access your document as an co-author or as an viewer. It provides an easy way to publish document to internet or your own web site or blog.
7. Mobile Access
ThinkFree is working on supporting a Mobile ThinkFree Office suite soon. Currently you can access the My Office service within your ThinkFree website using the mobile device.