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ThinkFree launches office suite for netbooks, mobile internet devices

Submitted by on October 23, 2008 – 1:31 amNo Comment

Earlier this year the developers of online office suite ThinkFree launched a free desktop version of their software designed to run on Windows, Mac, and Linux. ThinkFree Office includes a word processor, spreadheet app and presentations program. ThinkFree users can also synchronize their documents with the online version of ThinkFree Office where registered users will get up to 1GB of storage space for free.

But like most office applications, ThinkFree Office is designed around the assumption that you have have a fairly modern computer with a 1024 x 768 pixel or higher resolution display. Today ThinkFree released a new version designed for netbooks and MIDs, or mobile internet devices, which often have smaller, lower resolution displays.

ThinkFree Mobile has a few features that set it apart from ThinkFree Office. First, it has a simplified start screen for launching applications, opening documents, or syncrhonizing with ThinkFree online. Second, the interface ahs been designed for small screens. When you open an office document, the default interface is a stripped down document viewer without all the toolbars and bells and whistles. In other words, most of what you see on the screen is the document, not the application. If you need to edit the document, just click the edit button and all those extra toolbars will appear.

ThinkFree Mobile is available as a free download, but the software is described as a trial version. You can try to snag a free license by filling out an online survey. But it’s not at all clear what exactly a license will get you. I can’t find any way to actually purchase a copy of ThinkFree Mobile at the moment, and I don’t see a price anywhere.

Like ThinkFree Office, ThinkFree Mobile is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. The Windows version eats up about 110MB of disk space, which is less than, but not exactly light weight. If you’ve got a netbook or MID with a small amount of storage space, you might want to check out open source, cross-platform office applications like AbiWord for word processing or Gnumeric for spreadsheets.

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