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Google's Web-based word processor is out and the news is good, great, not so good -- and a big dose of unsure. The price (free) sure is right, and the interface and file saving conventions are slick. But it is still utterly dependent upon the Web.

I gave it a whirl and found it simple to use and, with my cable modem, fairly snappy (I'm sure my old DSL connection would have given it fits). You can store your files remotely, though I'm not sure what the quotas are or how much I'd trust my critical files to a server I've never seen before. You can also save them locally, like as a Word file in My Documents.

I'd love to see an option to save the same file both places at the same time. Then again, I'd love for Word to offer the same feature, to save in My Documents and a thumb drive or backup disk with one click. Office 2007 anyone?

Posted by Doug Barney on October 10, 2006 at 11:52 AM