Whether you’re aware of it or not, Google has quietly and slowly been rolling out their Microsoft Office killer. It probably all started with Gmail, but has continued with the release of Google Calendar, the purchase of Writely and now the imminent release of Google Spreadsheets. Here’s a sneak peek at Google Spreadsheets.
Create basic spreadsheets from scratch.
You can start from scratch and do all the basics, including changing the number format, sorting by columns, and adding formulas.
Upload your spreadsheet files.
Upload spreadsheets or worksheets from CSV or XLS format – all your formulas and formatting will come across intact.
Familiar desktop feel makes editing a breeze.
Just click the toolbar buttons to bold, underline, change the font, change the cell background color and more.
Choose who can access your spreadsheets.
Just enter the email addresses of the people you want to share a given document, and then send them a message.
Share documents instantly.
People with whom you share a given spreadsheet can access it as soon as they sign in.
Edit with others in real time.
Multiple people can edit or view your spreadsheet at the same time as you – their names will appear in an on-screen chat window.
Edit from anywhere.
There’s nothing to download; you access your spreadsheets from any computer with an Internet connection and a supported browser.
Never lose your work.
Online storage and auto-save mean you need not fear hard drive failures and power outages.
Easily save and export copies.
You can save your spreadsheets to your own computer in CSV, XLS and HTML formats.
If you’re like me, you’re really excited about this new development. And if you’re Microsoft, you should be very scared right now. I have no doubt that these programs will be free and will remain free. As they mature and as they add more features and offerings, there really won’t be a good reason to use Microsoft Office anymore.