Just read this TC article on Draft, a new word processor. Tried it out, the interface is quite nice and slick, I like it a lot.
But, as with any web-based productivity software, after a while I will just default back to Office on my computer.
The truth is, as with all browser-based productivity apps, I have problems not being able to use my shortcuts (often limited, if existed at all), not being able to access my files offline, not being able to have the comfort of managing the files in a way that I’m so used to. As nicely designed as these apps are, they face the very fundamental challenging of altering user behavior.
Sure, casual users will be using things like Google Doc for collaboration, but these apps in their current state are not conducive for power users.
My money is still on Microsoft – though Office + SkyDrive integration is still clunky, I think with a bit more work it will deliver something that users will be happy with. It will be interesting to see how Chrome OS further develops its offline capabilities to compete with Microsoft, but I suspect they’re still got some catch-up to do.