Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Jun 2006 21:52 UTC
Google Google is launching an online spreadsheet that will let you load Excel files and share documents online. Up to 10 people can work on the spreadsheet at the same time - the names of people editing and reading it will appear in a chat window. Users can save the documents to their Google account or export them as .csv, .xls or html files. Like the launch of Gmail, Google is limiting the number of new users for software - still in beta - to avoid overloading its systems. Cnet wonders, should Microsoft be worried?
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This Line Kills Me
by jayson.knight on Wed 7th Jun 2006 01:38 UTC
jayson.knight
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2005-07-06

"But if Google can offer proper online software services before Microsoft can get its Windows Live juggernaut moving, it might win by default"

Umm no. Michael Robertson is trying to do the same thing (http://www.ajaxxls.com/) and aside from the neat Ajax stuff (if you could even say that), I haven't heard anything else about it.

When it comes to Excel, Microsoft is the default...it doesn't matter how long it takes for them get their "Windows Live juggernaut" moving...once it's launched it will be the default web based Office solution. When I think of Google, I think search, not Excel. What a stupid idea.

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RE: This Line Kills Me
by dmdavis on Wed 7th Jun 2006 14:28 in reply to "This Line Kills Me"
dmdavis Member since:
2005-07-06

"When it comes to Excel, Microsoft is the default"

True, but I don't think this is just because it is Microsoft. Excel is an amazing, incredibly featureful, very stable program. And they don't just have fluff features, but really useful features that I see people using all the time, like pivot tables. Somehow, I don't see those features coming into Microsoft's web version if they make one, at least not right away.

Google's Spreadsheet is a great app for making lists and doing formulas, with some great online features. If you want to really use a spreadsheet, it just won't cut it. Really, nothing compares with Excel in that arena.

N.B. I'm not a Microsoft fan, but I certainly have a lot of respect for this piece of software.

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