Ulteo, a company staffed by Linux veterans, has launched the test version of a service that lets people run the OpenOffice.org desktop suite in the Firefox or Internet Explorer browsers. The hosted version of OpenOffice version 3.2 supports PDF printing. The service is designed
to let people collaborate with OpenOffice documents online and use the open-source application suite without having to download it. People can also exchange documents in Microsoft's Office format or PDF. The service also supports the OpenDocument Format standard.
Already several companies are offering online versions of traditional desktop applications, including Google, Zoho, and others. Microsoft recently released Office Live Workspace, which lets people share Office documents on a hosted Web server. The Ulteo service is aimed specifically toward people who use the OpenOffice suite.
Read the complete article by Martin LaMonica of CNET.