Google Spreadsheets is a Web-based application that allows users to create, update and modify spreadsheets and share the data live online. The Ajax-based program is compatible with Microsoft Excel and CSV (comma-separated values) files. Spreadsheets can also be saved as HTML.
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Google's product offers typical spreadsheet features, such as the ability to add, delete and sort rows and columns. The application also enables multiple, geographically dispersed users to collaborate on a spreadsheet in real time and chat through a built-in instant messaging program. Users can upload spreadsheets directly from their computers.
A beta version of Google Spreadsheets was offered to Google subscribers in June 2006. Early reports indicated that, at least in beta, Google's offering was lightweight, lacking the full functionality of a product like Excel. Other Ajax-based spreadsheet applications include ZohoSheet, iRows and numsum.
In August 2006, Google launched a suite of Web-based, ad-supported office applications called Google Apps for Your Domain.