While in Tignes last week I had to break my practice of not touching a computer while on holiday. One of my friends had a work-related Word document he had emailed to him but thanks to the locked down web terminals in the bars, nothing could be saved, opened nor any program run. A combination of a USB flash drive and Google documents provided us with a work around. That only left us to find our way around the infuriating French keyboards!
I’m fairly certain that Google Apps will start to become a cheaper and genuinely viable alternative to the Microsoft Office lock-in in the very near future. It only remains to be seen how many people will trust Google with their documents.