I just downloaded OpenOffice.org 2.3, I was already using 2.2 so this is hardly a wrench. Of course I checked it calculated 850*77.1 correctly as many have pointed out on the Excel team blog recently.
The big reason I downloaded it though is to try the google docs uploader. Here it is in action:
Dead easy, no fuss, no muss (once you have remembered your Google sign in of course!). This gets it to your Google docs home page thingy, and from there you can choose to open it and edit it on-line, or share it with some contacts or publish it for the world to see. The add-in integrates simply, it just adds a button on the toolbar that is always accessible – try that in Excel 2k7. And of course you can drag it off to float if that suits your need – try that in Excel 2k7. Oh it adds an menu item too – try that…
So now using the OO/google stack you can have rich client editing, weaker on-line editing and all that sharing goodness. I think this I what MS are about to beta, except the MS version mandates Office 2007 on the client for any editing.
What would be nice is to be able to just sync certain ranges, preferably both ways. I’m sure that will come. I have a feeling there is something like that for Excel already.
Of course the dream is have VBA working through this cycle too. Or maybe uploading input ranges, getting Google to calc it and downloading output ranges.
All this is very nice but I’ll still mainly be sharing my spreadsheets via email, at least for the time being. What about you? Anyone actively using these sharing/collaboration services commercially?
Here is the simple test spreadsheet I published FWIW! (no idea if anyone has edit rights? let me know if you can edit it)
(well maybe I’ll know if the next time I click the link its been sabotaged!)