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June 7, 2006 at 11:48 AM

A peek into Google’s Gsheets

I finally got into Google’s new online spreadsheet service today. It has a nice, simple interface and a great drop-down formula menu, but the nifty stuff is the ability to share a worksheet. (A word of advice to those wanting to participate in the beta: Sign up with your Gmail account.)

The sharing stuff makes me think that the intitial press reaction is a little off — the real threat to Microsoft isn’t an online alternative to Excel. The competition to watch is online collaboration using hosted services.

Microsoft has interesting products in that space – namely Sharepoint and Groove – but it doesn’t have a lock on the market the way it does with traditional productivity applications like spreadsheets.

I wish I’d thought of that yesterday, when I was doing a KUOW show (with some other technology reporter) on the Google and Microsoft rivalry.

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