AjaxWrite, Create Documents Online

Martin Brinkmann
May 11, 2006
Updated • Feb 2, 2015

AjaxWrite is a superb demonstration of what Ajax can do. Ajax, which stands for Asynchronous JavaScript And XML is a web development technique for creating interactive websites.

AjaxWrite offers the basic functionality of programs like Microsoft Word and OpenOffice for free on the web. No need to purchase, download or install anything. Open the website and you're ready to go.

The only requirement is Firefox 1.5 or newer, the operating system itself does not matter.

The application supports the loading and saving of Microsoft Word and OpenOffice documents, and many other text formats. The website itself is imitating the look of your favorite word processing software with all the standard options available as well (for instance different fonts, paragraphs and so on). This is also great if you are in dire need of converting a file into a different format, for example .doc into .txt format. Give it a try, its great.

Update:Ajax Write is currently not available on the developer website. A notification reads

We are developing a brand new ajaxwrite.com! In the meanwhile...

It is not clear when the notification was added to the site and whether a new version of the online document writer will be made available at a later point in time.

Users who are looking for a word like document creation and editing service on the Internet can alternatively look at Google Docs or Microsoft's Office 365, developed by Google and Microsoft respectively.

Both services require an account. A Google account is required to make use of Google Docs. Microsoft's Office 365 service requires a Windows Live account instead.

Both offer the core functionality of word processing tools. This includes the ability to load and save documents, edit documents online and use formatting options and other features to format the documents.

Update: The original AjaxWrite website is no more, it is now displaying unrelated contents to site visitors.


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  1. Martin said on May 12, 2006 at 7:19 am

    I read it´s by the same people that owned mp3.com ? not sure if that is correct though.

  2. jxpx said on May 12, 2006 at 12:32 am

    I thought you might want to mention that Ajaxwrite is owned by the people who put out linspire.

    Some people don’t like linspire.

  3. Webbie said on May 11, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    I am a user of AJAXwrite and I like it. But… I don’t like it when you print something directly from there. It just looks like a print screen. It is always better to save it and then open it in Word and then print out.
    Another but – I initially used it because I didn’t have access to Word at the time, but the lack of a decent print out put me off.
    I also use Zoho: http://www.zohowriter.com/
    (You can’t save your doc on the website with ajaxwrite, but you can with Zoho.)

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