Collaborative web-based software - Goodby Excel?

No, I don't expect that Excel will be going away anytime soon, but this is the reason the folks in Redmond are nervous.  I just came across JotSpot Tracker, a web-based excel like applicaton that brings web collaboration to the next level.  Give it a look.

I'm not that crazy about their business model which limits the free version to just to sheets and five users, but I am fairly confident that this won't be the last attempt at an web-based spreadsheet.


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Ken is the Director of MIS and Instructional Technology at Plymouth State University where he enjoys the opportunity to work with energetic, intelligent, motivated, competent and caring colleagues to advance the integration of technology into the institutional academic and administrative environments in the effort to promote a more informed citizenry.

5 thoughts on “Collaborative web-based software - Goodby Excel?

  1. It seems to be just a paste and copy of data from a spreadsheet with none of the calculations and data manipulation that makes Excel and similar programs so sexy.

  2. Having evaluated OpenOffice and other open source office productivity suites, I can honestly say that while word processing is fairly standard stuff, no one this far has been able to successfully reproduce all the features of Excel, and that is keeping many organizations from dumping Microsoft Office.

  3. Interesting. I haven't looked at OpenOffice - yet. One of these days. I know some users who are fairly well versed with Excel and push the limits and who would probably never consider an alternative, but even with them, in certain situations, I could definitely see where a web-based spreadsheet would assist them. For example a collaborative model with several stakeholders. There's going to niche's for lots of different tools that meet different office needs. It's going to be hard for MS to maintain such a position of dominance with a single platform.

    Here's another one. A colleague just shared as another online spreadsheet. This one is already more robust.

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