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Updated: First an online word-processing software and now a spreadsheet – yup, Google is building an online office suite. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google Spreadsheet will “be made available on a limited test Basis.” The New York Times says Jonathan Rochelle is the […]

Updated: First an online word-processing software and now a spreadsheet – yup, Google is building an online office suite. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google Spreadsheet will “be made available on a limited test Basis.” The New York Times says Jonathan Rochelle is the Google Spreadsheets product manager, who was the founder of XL2Web. WSJ, however, did not reveal which company Google just snapped up. My sources say that ithere is good chance, the company that got acquired is iRows. News.com reports that it is will be made available via Google Labs. We shall know more details tomorrow when the company announces the product.

  1. Google launching web spreadsheet tomorrow…

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is going to launch a web-based spreadsheet tomorrow.
    

    Google Spreadsheet, which will be made available on a limited test basis, follows Google’s March purchase of a company offering a Web-based …

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  2. These new online apps are great. I’m using Yahoo! mail (beta) and it’s a perfect example of the advantages of online versus desktop. It eliminates configuration, syncronization, backup, and it’s much safer.

    Google’s spreadsheet is wonderful. It will be great for most usage (95% probably). Centralized and protected. Accessible from any computer by anyone at anytime!

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  3. Security will need to be tight in order for this to work. I would hazard a guess that over 90% of spreadsheets contain sensitive data. Not the type of thing that corporations will want to lose control over. Although I suppose the same could be said for text documents too.

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  4. I don’t think it will be iRows…iRows already has charting capability, and apparently the Google Spreadsheet (GS) does not. Also, GS is supposed to be tabbed, and I don’t think iRows does that yet.

    Funny thing, I just got my monthly iRows newsletter (for June) 47 minutes ago. No mention of Google…

    Dave

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  5. Dave and all – I updated the story. I think iRows is not the one. It was a bit of a false alarm. I apologize to all readers.

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  6. The service is based on technology from 2Web Technologies, a company that Google acquired last year, Google told vnunet.com

    http://www.vnunet.com/2157590

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  7. Tom – I don’t see a reference to 2Web in that story…was it maybe another one that you were thinking of or do you think the vnunet story has been revised?

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  8. No surprise here. Who will be next, thumbstacks for presentation software or Gliffy for diagramming? Then what about MS Access or Project-like apps?

    Security will be a concern for enterprises as a lot of companies do not allow their documents to be remotely stored.

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  9. Or even remotely worked on, nevermind remotely stored!

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  10. i guess this means someone else is going to buy dabbledb!

    cheers, mark

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