Google to Introduce Spreadsheet Program

Google Inc. will introduce a spreadsheet program Tuesday, continuing the Internet search leader’s expansion into territory long dominated by Microsoft Corp.


Pretty interesting news from Google — they sure seem to create tools faster than anything — I wonder how many developers they have round-the-world cranking out code. Here is an excerpt from the press release on AP:

Google Inc. will introduce a spreadsheet program Tuesday, continuing the Internet search leader’s expansion into territory long dominated by Microsoft Corp.

Although it’s still considered a work in progress, Google’s online spreadsheet will offer consumers and businesses a free alternative to Microsoft’s Excel application — a product typically sold as part of the Office software suite that has been a steady moneymaker for years.

To avoid swamping the company’s computers, Google’s spreadsheet initially will be distributed to a limited audience. Google also wants more time to smooth out any possible kinks and develop more features, said Jonathan Rochelle, the product manager of the new application.

Read the full release:
http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/060605/google_spreadsheet.html?.v=2

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3 Responses

  • Wow. That’s pretty wild. It’s hard to believe just how many different areas Google is getting into.

    I wonder if it will be compatible somehow with Excel spreadsheets.

    I also wonder if it will be easily integrated into web sites (for a low-rent version of a database or something), or if it will simply be a stand-alone app.

  • Curtiss – there is some talk that people are worried that very sensitive data might be used in these spreadsheets since you can easily share them. I guess it would be good to learn how Google plans to secure the data in the sheets.

  • Rob

    I am more or less concerned about *my data* being stored by a company who profiles everyone on their sites. I don’t think there is great potential theft by third parties, I am more concerned about Google themselves.

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