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06.5.06

The next step in the Google Office. Google Spreadsheet.

Filed under: Education, Google, Web Apps — Hogg @ 10:25 pm

I’ve read at a couple of reputable sources that Google will be making an addition tomorrow to their yet to be released or named Google Office: the Google Spreadsheet.

. . . the Wall Street Journal . . . has reported . . . that Google is planning to release their own spreadsheet application to compete with Microsoft Excel.

Ars Technica

First an online word-processing software and now a spreadsheet – yup, Google is building an online office suite. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google Spreadsheet will “be made available on a limited test Basis.” The New York Times says Jonathan Rochelle is the Google Spreadsheets product manager, who was the founder of XL2Web. WSJ, however, did not reveal which company Google just snapped up.

GigaOM

In case you missed the last office aquisition made by Google, Writely, a web-based word-processing application, is the former software that Om is talking about.

I also read a good post in the Ajax Blog that gives eight reasons why Microsoft stands no chance against Google and its army of servers in the web-based office quest.

I, being a teacher, see this as a great opportunity for schools. Millions of dollars are spent buying Microsoft Office for teacher and student computers across the country. Although there are free alternatives (OpenOffice.org), they have yet to catch on with the general public. Your average Joe probably hasn’t heard of OpenOffice, but I can nearly guarantee that he is at least somewhat familiar with and willing to trust the almighty Google. Therefore, if Google can come out with a quality online office suite, education systems can save precious tax payer dollars and put them towards something else (like more computers!).

Here, here

Update:

Here are some of the features:

  • Import CVS or XLS
  • Share with people with just an e-mail
  • Chat with people and edit the same spreadsheet in real time
  • Online storage
  • Save as CVS, XLS, or HTML

Sign up for the alpha test and see some previews here.

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5 Comments »

  1. That’s a great point about schools not needing to buy millions of $$ worth of Microsoft Office licenses if Google comes up with a viable, free alternative.

    Updating the post on AjaxBlog.com with a link to your entry.

    Comment by Shanti Braford — 06.6.06 @ 2:21 am

  2. […] if Google comes up with a viable alternative. You can bookmark this, digg this or check the cosmos // Used for showing and hiding user information in the comment form function ShowUtils() {document.getElementById(“authorinfo”).style.display = “”; document.getElementById(“showinfo”).style.display = “none”; document.getElementById(“hideinfo”).style.display = “”; } function HideUtils() { document.getElementById(“authorinfo”).style.display = “none”; document.getElementById(“showinfo”).style.display = “”; document.getElementById(“hideinfo”).style.display = “none”; } […]

    Pingback by Top 8 Reasons Why Google will Pwn Microsoft in the Web-based Office Wars | Ajax Blog — 06.6.06 @ 2:27 am

  3. Guys, did you check out http://www.zohosheet.com , an online spreadsheet app. It supports,

    Charting
    Multiple Sheets
    Tags & Collaboration
    Formula’s

    Cheers!

    Comment by Segu — 06.6.06 @ 3:58 am

  4. Hi Hogg,

    Interesting blog post, that. Just wanted to let you know of the Zoho range of web services. We have a spreadsheet app as well (along with a word processor) named Zoho Sheet. Check it out at http://zohosheet.com

    For the complete Zoho range, see http://zoho.com

    Thanks,
    Arvind

    Comment by Arvind — 06.6.06 @ 5:08 am

  5. 5 minute video tour of google spreadsheet
    http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/teadams/2006/06/06

    Comment by Bill Barrows — 06.6.06 @ 11:03 pm


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