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There is a rumor going round - apparently started by Adobe's own platform evangelist Mike Downey

There is a rumor going round - apparently started by Adobe's own platform evangelist Mike Downey - suggesting that Adobe could use its Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR), a virtual machine kind of thing like Java and .NET, to launch into the Office business against Microsoft.

Okay, well, so we went poking around and found out that Adobe is tight with a start-up called Buzzword that's in closed beta with an online word processor.

The assumption is that AIR will be used to make the thing both online and offline in the coming fashion.

One might also assume that Adobe could wind up buying the joint although Adobe has to be careful who it competes with.

Buzzword is scheduled for a fall release and imports and exports Word, ODF, HTML and RTF. Like others of its ilk, it doesn't appear to support Microsoft's new Open Office XML format.

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