Google Gobbles Up Web-Based Word Processor Writely

Search giant Google says it has purchased the company that makes Writely, a Web-based word processing feature. While better known for its consumer search engine, Google is mounting a significant effort to win over office computer desktops.

Its earlier release of a Google Pack of online features, and a deal with Sun Microsystems (SUN) to deliver the digitized goods was a step in this direction.

In order to battle office software king Microsoft (MSFT), Google needs to fatten its array of business class offerings to fill glaring holes, such as a day planner.

And probably in their terms of usage, you’ll have to agree that Google will have the right to keep a private database of everything you write, forever, for their own purposes.