Google is set to launch on a spreadsheet program, entitled Google Spreadsheet, later today. It will allow people to view and simultaneously edit data while conducting “in-document” chat. This is the first real program that puts Google right up against Microsoft’s online office offerings. Google Spreadsheets, will go live as part of Google Labs, supports the import and export of documents in the .xls format used in Excel and the .csv (comma-separated values) format. The service provides automatic saving, so once a document is saved for the first time it is saved upon every change, as well as enables easy transfer of data from cell to cell, inserting and deleting of rows and columns and supports multiple sheets or tabs.
Can Google really push Microsoft out of business with this new product (and the ones to follow), what do you think?