Microsoft, Adobe Scribble Online Docs Products
Adobe reached out to snap up Buzzword, an online word processor, while Microsoft looked inward to find its Office Live Workspace.
Who knew the ability to collaborate online over a corp-speak-laden memo or some other document would be so interesting to big tech companies? Adobe and Microsoft will push Google Docs and other firms offering Web-based document products.
The Adobe Max conference is underway, with Adobe’s acquisition of Buzzword via a deal to purchase its parent company, Virtual Ubiquity. That firm built Buzzword on Adobe’s Flex platform, and it runs in Flash.
Buzzword is doling out invites to try out the service. TechCrunch writer Erick Schonfeld tempered enthusiasm by noting a few of Buzzword’s current and correctable shortcomings: