What Is Google Spreadsheets?Google Spreadsheets is a basic program that can use your existing spreadsheets or create new ones. Data, formulae, and sorting are easily handled. But, forget macros and expect less from formatting.
How Google Spreadsheets Is Different from Microsoft Excel
- Google Spreadsheets Allows Online Collaboration. The multi-user aspect of Google Spreadsheets is the big highlight of this product. This means that several people can simultaneously work on an open spreadsheet. The utility of this feature may not be immediately apparent, as we aren't really used to collaborating on spreadsheets. Though there have been some lesser known collaborative spreadsheet programs in the past, most of us simply create a spreadsheet and send it to and fro by email.
- The Data Is Stored on Google Servers and Not Your Computer. This allows you to be carefree and forget backups. That is now Google's problem. On the flip side, this raises serious concerns, however unsubstantiated, about privacy.
- You Need To Be Online To Use Google Spreadsheets. That should have been kind of obvious by now, but the fact that you need to be online will rule out many users. Additionally, if you are using slow connections, you could be frustrated.
- You Can Chat With Other Users as They Work on the Spreadsheet With You. Sam says: "Hey Pete! I think that this number here, should be this," as both users are simultaneously altering data.
- No Charting Ability. If you love those cute and quick charts that Excel makes, you are in for disappointment with Google Spreadsheets. Hopefully charting will be added soon.
- You Cannot Print Spreadsheets!
This is very irritating. Why not allow users to print. The workaround is that you store your spreadsheets as an html page, and print that!
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