Tiny SimDesk is offering a cheap online alternative to Microsoft's Office suite. The city of Houston and the state of Indiana are now offering this service to their citizens. The heart of SimDesk's appeal is economic.
-- The service costs as little as $1 per resident per year -- compared with $399 to buy Microsoft Office
-- Because much of the software and all the data are kept on SimDesk's servers, customers can use older hardware rather than buy fast new machines every few years