December 13, 2000, 2:24 PM — If what happened to the market for browsers is any indication, shrink-wrapped
applications, even in the $100 and under range, may find it hard to compete with a new
business model that offers free access to software on the Internet without ever having
to install it on a device.
Word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, Web site creation, and SFA
(sales-force automation) software were all launched last week at the Demo 2000
conference in Indian Wells, Calif.
Software bloat got a major kick in the shins when TrellixWeb announced a deal with
Lycos to distribute its online, clientless Web site building software dubbed Trellix
Web Express. Lycos's Tripod Community building service will give Trellix access to over
30,000,000 million users.
Trellix was founded by CTO Daniel Bricklin, who is credited with inventing the
spreadsheet, the first killer app for personal computers. As Trellix Web Express is
offered on countless community sites, it may become the next killer app for weightless
programs that are stored on the service providers network, giving users access to their
data anywhere, anytime, from any device over the Internet.
Salesforce.com, a San Francisco-based company that markets SFA software to
enterprise-sized companies, is moving beyond the application service provider model.
Users can access, enter data, share accounts, and generate reports via any Web
Salesforce.com charges a monthly fee of $50 for the first five users and $50 for
each additional user.
ThinkFree.com, based in Mountain View, Calif., "is all about freedom," according to
its company motto. The company is offering a Microsoft Office-compatible package that
includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, address book, e-mail, and file
The ThinkFree solution gives users 20MB of storage for access anytime in a Web-
based ThinkSafe cyberfolder, which is password protected. The company will charge for
storage above 20MB.
Salesforce.com Inc., in San Francisco
is at www.salesforce.com. ThinkFree.com Corp.,
in Mountain View, Calif., is at href="http://www.thinkfree.com">www.thinkfree.com. TrellixWeb Corp., in Waltham,
Mass., can be reached at www.trellix.com.