Google Spreadsheet, will it be used?

Google Spreadsheet, will it be used?

Summary: Google Spreadsheet will be launched tomorrow according to the WSJ.  Currently this page returns a 404 error message, but soon will be the login screen for the new service.

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Google Spreadsheet will be launched tomorrow according to the WSJ.  Currently this page returns a 404 error message, but soon will be the login screen for the new service.  Most who are covering the story have optimistic expectations for the new service.  I have doubts though.

The reality is that the service will be simple -- maybe too simple.  More than likely it will also be slow at first if it's initially released to too many people.  According to a Google representative though, this product will be available on a test basis as an "alpha" product to a limited number of people (first come first serve).

I really question whether Google Spreadsheet will be a threat to Microsoft's Excel.  First, how many individuals use spreadsheets for personal use?  I don't, my wife doesn't and neither do my parents.  In fact, I don't think anybody I know does.

For those who do use spreadsheets on a daily basis, how many are already happy with the application they currently use?  I would venture to say most are and wont feel the pressing need to switch to a something new.

In the end, it comes down to how important sharing capabilities (the only real advantage I can see in reports ) turn out to be.  It will be interesting to see what kind of launch this product has -- who knows? Maybe I will find something to use a spreadsheet for.

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  • Lotus Bean Machine

    It will go the way of Lotus Bean Machine for Java. A nifty user interface but nothing more than that.
    eraseego
  • You don't use spreadsheets

    Maybe someone who uses spreadsheets would be better suited to write this article.
    There are plenty of reasons to use them for personal applications.
    Despite being happy with whatever spreadsheet app someone already uses, they might find the sharing features of this app a useful add-on. It could make sharing far easier than the features built into Excel by MS.
    This story is somewhat half-baked and short-sighted. I was laughing at your ignorance and inexperience as I read it.
    bobbyw
    • I AGREE!!

      if you really wanna read a good article about his whole thing go to, http://www.betanews.com/article/Google_to_Test_WebBased_Spreadsheet/1149561176
      NWBird07
  • More than just a spreadsheet?

    I think this isn't just a spreadsheet app. It looks like it will act like writely. I bet it's based on writely and writely's technology. I bet they just want to use it and see how people like it before they redo writely as "google word" or whatever.
    calebegg
  • MICROSOFT IS GOIN DOWN!!!

    Its about time that someone stands up to the giant empire monster, "Microsoft". I know i use office and Windows but how many people can download it from any P2P. I hope google takes over Microsoft in this spreadsheet thing, it sounds like a great idea, and a really good idea for Businesses. I hope i get chosen to beta test this thing!!! and by the way a ton of people use spread sheets on a daily basis!!!
    NWBird07
  • I hope so...

    I do hope this product takes off -- Google's productivity suite will grow from this into a full set of tools eventually.

    However, I don't think this service alone is any cause for Microsoft to be worried.

    Even if people do use spreadsheets on a daily basis (and I admit my article could make the numbers sound lower than might be), I would like to see how this product gains traction that group of people.

    Does this service add enough value for them to switch? I would really like to hear what the people who use Excel for personal use think about this.
    Garett
    • Daily User

      Not just myself but others to, use them for things like GPA's and money purposes. Also invintory and such.
      From a business point of view, you could have an invintory sheet and have multiple users entering data from different parts of the building and all be able to see it instantly. I work at a Hospital in the IS Department. This just came to mind when we started invintory last week.
      Also, i think it would be a great way to transfer MS Excel files from one place to another (home to work to school or vise versa).
      NWBird07
    • Daily User

      Not just myself but others to, use them for things like GPA's and money purposes. Also invintory and such.

      From a business point of view, you could have an invintory sheet and have multiple users entering data from different parts of the building and all be able to see it instantly. I work at a Hospital in the IS Department. This just came to mind when we started invintory last week.

      Also, i think it would be a great way to transfer MS Excel files from one place to another (home to work to school or vise versa).
      NWBird07
  • It has its own market

    Hi,

    I believe it has its own market. Heavy users of Excel may not switch any time soon, but users who use Excel for small purposes like maintaining their trip expenses, or entering the scores of the soccer matches, would find it useful and may switch to web based spreadsheets soon. Important benefits being collaborative in nature, accessible from anywhere and being affordable / free.

    For example, we provide a service called Zoho Sheet, which is similar to the one Google is about to offer. You might want to try it out for free at:

    http://zohosheet.com

    Would love to hear your feedback.

    Regards,
    Ramesh
    http://blogs.zohosheet.com
    rameshs
  • Google spreadsheets is a threat to OpenOffice

    I see Google Spreadsheets and Writely competing directly with open source projects like OpenOffice. There was speculation last year that Google would partner with Sun to offer a version of StarOffice. Instead Google has decided to go its own way and compete with OpenOffice and StarOffice.

    Microsoft Office is a powerful, industrial strength, client based, information worker productivity platform. Microsoft Office is moving beyond just being a collection of applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) to being a server based application platform for ISVs. Lots of companies run their business on Excel spreadsheets. Now creative start-ups are using Office as a front end User Interface to a whole variety of business applications.

    I wrote a blog on this subject today http://dondodge.typepad.com/the_next_big_thing/2006/06/google_competin.html
    DonDodge
  • The internet is simple. TOO simple.

    I don't use it, my parents don't use it, no one I know uses it.
    Free_Thinker
  • Integration of Google Base with Google Spreadsheet

    Google Base combined with Google Spreadsheet will provide a very unique and targetted advertising opportunity for large corporate clients.

    Google Base provides the sophisticated search capabilities to identify and locate content. The Google Spreadsheet is the glue to make you stick.

    Currently, at ibanknet.com we publish financial reports of Banks to Google Base. Depending on the finacial report selected(each bank has about 20 reports), ads within the different spreadsheet reports can be targetted specifically at importers or exporters, or mortgage brokers or financial insitutions, etc. http://base.google.com/base/search?q=ibanknet
    chris ibanknet