Mozilla Firefox has two extensions called Crash Recovery and Session Saver, which is quite handy when there are about ten tabs open and the browser unexpectedly crashes. While most of the web-services offer an Autosave/Recover feature, it’s a sorry state to see a part of the work being swallowed as a result of the crash. In case of most Blog service providers, in accordance with Murphy’s laws of Cyberspace, always while posting long blog posts, the browser somehow would stop responding. The recovery tool will restore a text, that is short by several paragraphs than the last version prior to the crash. It would be brilliant to have a recovery tool that recovers till the last typed sentence, if that isn’t asking too much.
Ismael Ghalimi hits the nail on the head with the post – Office 2.0 Interoperability. I’m one of the victims of what I’d call, “Oh, I forgot what login I entered for this web service” syndrome. Sometimes I don’t trust a lot of web services and enter an alternate login e-mail address. It becomes nearly impossible to remember them all, and having a “Remember Password” isn’t a great idea when several people use the same PC terminal. (as pointed out in the post)
This is where Google’s services score over the other. A Gmail address is sufficient for accesing all Google affiliated services, right from Google Reader to Orkut. Like the post says, it is a very complex problem to solve, given the number of e-mail service providers. What I’d suggest is something similar to a feature of Zoho Writer: There is a “Post to your blog” option with a list of popular blog service providers, it would be great if genuine web services offer a “Sign in with your X email account” where X would be an e-mail service like Yahoo, or Gmail. The web service would remember what X is, but not the username and password. A lot safer.
That system has a major let down, though.
I have a primary e-mail account and a secondary e-mail account, both with Gmail, for its user-friendliness. If I select Gmail as my service, on my second visit, the web service will remember that I used a Gmail account to sign in. I’ll have a problem remembering which of the two addresses I used. It’s Ok in my case because I have just two accounts with the same provider. A lot of people have more than two accounts and they’ll still have trouble signing in.
Single Sign on, though a complex issue is, as much as I could say, the best way Office 2.0 interoperability can be acheived. After all, compatibility between two services is an important feature that people look for in any service.