Welcome, boys and girls, to the computing world of tomorrow! Desktop programs are a thing of the past, replaced by free, simple, Web-based apps that do everything from spreadsheets to e-mail--and more!
That's the hype, anyway. But is it actually true?
To find out, we've scoured the Internet for the best Ajax-based sites in six categories: calendars, e-mail, information managers, spreadsheets, desktops (known in the Ajax world as webtops) and word processors. We've picked winners and runners-up in each category, and taken a look at a few of the other competitors in each category as well.