For those of us who can't make the Office 2.0 conference, there is an Office 2.0 Podcast Jam running all this week. I contributed a 5-minute podcast, which was chosen as the keynote to kick off the jam. My topic was: Why Web Office Software is a New Paradigm, Different from Desktop Office Software.
I'm not a natural podcaster (it took me quite a few takes just to get the podcast I ended up with!), but I hope I managed to cover off some of the important reasons why Web-based office software is different from the likes of Microsoft Office.
For a more enlightening and educational podcast, check out Anne Zelenka's interview with Rosemary Stasek of Women’s Campaign International. The topic, as Anne explained on her blog, is "the poor utility infrastructure in that part of the world, about how government offices do without bare necessities, and about how Rosemary is training Afghani women to speak up for themselves." Forget the gossip about Google buying Youtube (update: ok so turns out it was true!) or controversy over newspapers vs blogs, Rosemary's podcast is what it's all about and is a much needed reality check for us all.
In regards to my podcast, Anne came up with the following discussion points - feel free to discuss here or over at the Jam blog...
- Does Office 2.0 represent a revolution, a paradigm shift? Or just incremental improvement on Microsoft Office?
- What Office 2.0 apps and services best represent the paradigm shift of Office 2.0 to you?
- Do you agree that Google’s web-based office apps are more evolutionary than revolutionary?
- Should we be looking to big companies or startups for paradigm-busting apps?