Google To Introduce Online Spreadsheet

I wonder how Microsoft execs sleep at night.

Although it’s still considered a work in progress, Google’s online spreadsheet will offer consumers and businesses a free alternative to Microsoft’s Excel application – a product typically sold as part of the Office software suite that has been a steady moneymaker for years

Ouch.

It is difficult to compete with free, especially when you make most of your money selling Office.

Not that Microsoft are going anywhere soon – they own the enterprise space, an area in which Google haven’t made significant inroads. And while home users may willingly surrender some control to third-parties, business is far less likely to do so.

Still, this is yet another small cut…

  1. ChrisChris06-06-2006

    I agree with what your saying here, but I think it will be a bigger chunk than you think. I deal with a lot of small businesses, that only have computers because they have too. And the majority of these businesses run some sort of office product, such as excel.

    Having a choice for free to these small businesses will be a lifesaver. Honestly, they could do without, but the market demands that they have it. So, instead of shelling out the $$$ for office they will download this.

    I think it’s great! Microsoft needs to start cutting prices on some of their junk anyways. But, support will be required and laying in beta for 10yrs won’t cut it.

  2. Peter Da VanzoPeter Da Vanzo06-06-2006

    I suspect you’re right there, Chris. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

    Another vector: Students. If students get used to a certain way of doing things, they eventually take their methods and software into the workplace. That’s the door for Google into the enterprise space.

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