In the time I’ve written 300 or so Movable Type blog posts, I have lost touch with the Blogger Dashboard interface. It’s pretty great. Writing, formatting and saving happens so quickly (I suspect a lot of Ajax improvements in the Web interface, for those who know what that means, and I don’t include myself in that number).
One feature I like is autosaving — it’s hard to lose something in a browser crash or by inadvertently closing a window. There’s more polish coming to everything Google offers, and Blogger is no exception. Google Docs is also getting better, but until it includes a browser extension or other kind of app for printing that doesn’t have the constraints of the browser itself, it won’t be of that much use to me. I still need to make printouts. It seems that we live our lives — and our writing lives — exclusively online, but I’m not all the way there just yet.
While musing on the greatness of Blogger, let me also say that I’m using the new Yahoo Mail beta, which attempts to mimic a standalone e-mail client — and does a great job at it. Add to that Yahoo’s promise of “unlimited” storage and integrated chat client (which works OK but not great) and when it comes to e-mail functionality, Yahoo is currently beating Google’s Gmail (which I’ve never used very much but recently revisited to make just this determination).
It isn’t often that Yahoo bests Google, but it’s a great thing for Yahoo Mail users.
I wouldn’t cry if Yahoo added a Google Docs-like Web-based office suite and an AOL-like storage service like Xdrive. Than I’d never need to leave Yahoo for anything. More than likely, though, Google will steamroll over both Yahoo and AOL with its own office suite and still-in-the-planning Gdrive storage service, along with an improved Gmail.
But for now, there’s more than my e-mail address keeping me with Yahoo Mail.