GeekSpeak for 2006-04-22

ThinkFree Online

The Geeks meet with Jonathan Crow, director of marketing for ThinkFree, Inc. [ThinkFree Online|http://online.thinkfree.com/] is an Internet-based office productivity suite that blends Microsoft Office with the Internet. It is comprised of three applications—ThinkFree Write for word processing, ThinkFree Calc for spreadsheet management and ThinkFree Show for creating presentations—and is targeted at families, students and business professionals. Join the Geeks as they discuss a new way of opening, editing, and creating Office documents with ThinkFree Online.


!ThinkFree Online
[ThinkFree Online|http://online.thinkfree.com/] has been in beta since the summer of 2005 and upwards of 50,000 users have already tried it out. The official debut happens this Monday, April 24, and the Geeks are fortunate to have a representative of ThinkFree on the show to discuss their new service.

[thinkfree_screenshot_small.jpg|ThinkFree Online allows you to open, edit, and create Office documents in a web browser from any computer with an Internet connection. ThinkFree Online has been tested on most computers and browsers, including Internet Explorer 6.0, FireFox 1.5 and Safari 2.0. Operating systems supported include Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Mac OS X 10.4, Linux Fedora Core 3 and Haansoft Linux Workstation 2005.]

!Here are a few key features:
*Create Microsoft Office-compatible documents from the Web
*Open and edit your Office documents anywhere and anytime
*Post documents directly to your blog without any conversion
*Create powerful Web presentations using a familiar interface
*Convert your existing documents to PDF format
Collaborative capabilities
*Organization and categorization features
*Consistent user interface regardless of computing platform

!The Guest
Jonathan Crow, director of marketing for ThinkFree, Inc., brings more than a decade of experience in marketing and sales to ThinkFree. He serves as the companyĆ­s director of marketing, offering valuable insight and knowledge regarding leadership and marketing challenges faced by growing companies and brands.

Prior to joining ThinkFree, Jonathan was a marketing manager for SchoolMessenger, which is an education-telephony service company. While at the firm, he created, implemented and managed internal and external marketing programs. In addition, Jonathan managed the company’s internal PR program, resulting in a high level of successful outreach to the media.

Before SchoolMessenger, Jonathan worked as a product marketing manager at Hewlett-Packard, where he directed communications projects, developed cross-media content and managed tradeshow presentations.

Jonathan holds a B.A. in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

!About ThinkFree
ThinkFree Inc., headquartered in San Jose, California, is a leading developer of platform-independent office productivity solutions. A division of Haansoft Inc., a publicly held company on the Korean KOSDAQ stock market, ThinkFree’s mission is to offer market-leading software solutions that leverage the power of the Internet and provide users with a consistent, unified, and productive experience regardless of computing platform. For more information, please contact ThinkFree at +1 408 432 5074, or go to [ThinkFree|www.thinkfree.com].

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