Google Spreadsheet: 6/6/6
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breaks the story in The New York Times that the ever-prolific Google Labs will introduce its Web-based spreadsheet today.
Of course, you may ask yourself: Does the world really need yet another spreadsheet application? That, of course, depends entirely upon your perspective. And whether or not you have a copy of Microsoft Office (or, for you hardcore spreadsheet purists, Lotus 1-2-3).
Based on what I've been able to glean thus far, this Web-based spreadsheet certainly seems like an intended Excel-killer. It includes the ability to upload in both Excel and C.S.V. formats, and interestingly, also allows two or more people to simultaneously edit spreadsheet documents and use Google Talk (Google's IM client) to chat about their work efforts real-time.
Follow the bouncing ball as as Bob and Sue collaborate on this month's revenue shortfall. Their collaboration session might go something like this:
Bob: That sigma sign should be a sum.
Sue: I thought it should be a "percentrank."
Bob: No. And B12 needs to be incorporated into the pivot table.
Sue: The what?
Bob: Never mind.
Sue: Be sure to save the file. I don't want to lose all this work.
Bob: Where do we save it?
Sue: Your hard drive, silly.
Bob: But the Google Spreadsheet tool is on the web. Shouldn't we be saving it there?
Fred enters the Google Talk chat room:
Fred: Hey guys, how's it goin'?
Fred: You guys through with the spreadsheet yet?
Sue: Almost done...although Bob's not sure where we should be saving the file.
Fred: Duh. Save it to your hard drive.
Bob: Thanks, Dilbert...but the Spreadsheet thingie is on the Web.
Fred: Spreadsheet thingie? Is that a technical term?
Sue: I could save it to my USB drive!...as long as the file's not too big.
Bob: I don't think we should save it to the Web. Somebody might see it. Or worse yet, change it!
Sue: Like you've been doing for the last half hour??
Pregnant virtual pause...Sue submits a frowny-face emoticon to the Google Talk session.
Fred: Hey, you need an equal sign in C15 to make that formula work.
The hard-core digital conspiracy theorists must surely be asking themselves the greater question: Was it a happy accident that Google purposely snuck its Google Spreadsheet into the marketplace on 6/6/6?
The devil is in the details. Get your own personal tour of the Google Spreadsheet here.