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Google continues to improve Spreadsheet

Last week Google released an update for their Spreadsheet web app, and it shows they’re continuing to improve the product. This is a good thing, as I previously wasn’t too impressed.

Google ExperimentalNow you can right-click on cells and select basic options from a context menu such as cut, copy and paste, and insert and delete rows and columns in a similar fashion to Excel.

Best of all, Google isn’t trying to re-invent the wheel through the way users interact with the spreadsheet. Tables aren’t a new thing and we’re all comfortable with how they work.

Not so good, however, is that I can see the day when I may have to eat my original words – that this thing wouldn’t catch on. If Google keeps this up, it just might.

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Online whiteboard perfect for collaboration

GE has designed a free web-based whiteboard you can use without any registration and can invite others to join your session via email or instant messenger.

The service offers more advanced drawing tools than just scribbling around freestyle, too. You can create shapes, type text, create straight lines, change the background colour, and stamp various symbols. It’s crying out for a tablet but is still pretty useful.

I may try to incorporate something like this into a future audit planning meeting, as soon as I’m experienced enough to run one.

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Google spreadsheet app will not catch on

According to Om Malik, Google is rumored to be coming out with an online spreadsheet application tomorrow, but I don’t think it’s going to have much of an impact.

Why? Well, in my experience at least, everything I do in Excel is with data that I don’t want anyone, even Google (imagine that), to have a look at. 99% of the time I’m working with confidential client data, and the other 1% of the time I’m working with my own data that might as well be confidential!

I might be the exception, but I doubt it.

Why would a company like Google, who has in the past been so focused on the user, be ignoring spreadsheet users’ needs as it develops its spreadsheet product? Here’s CNET’s take on it as well: They seem to be psyched about the possibility of putting their confidential data in Google’s hands for some reason.

Maybe I’m missing something.

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Google’s foray into web storage

Google ExperimentalGoogle’s Analyst Day in February 2006 presented some PowerPoint slides touching on some future plans for storage:

With infinite storage, we can house all user files, including: emails, web history, pictures, bookmarks, etc and make it accessible from anywhere (any device, any platform, etc). We already have efforts in this direction in terms of GDrive, GDS, Lighthouse, but all of them face bandwidth and storage constraints today.