Web 2.0 Excel Applications

Do you really need Microsoft Excel anymore? The free OpenOffice has a spreadsheet application that you do not have to install since it can run from a USB drive.

The future belongs to mobility and therefore to web-hosted applications. Just a few examples of Web 2.0 Excel-clones:

- Google released online Google Spreadsheets in 6/2006.

- Numbler. DownloadSquad review.

- iRows. DownloadSquad review.


Thumbstacks.com is an online PowerPoint clone. It works OK but unfortunately it does not support import/export to PowerPoint yet. Zoho Show is more polished, it has a MS PowerPoint import feature but no export yet and this limits its usefulness.

You can also check the list of Most promising Web 2.0 software of 2006.


References:
Freeware alternatives for everything. Links via DownloadSquad.com.
ajaxXLS: Web-based spreadsheet from ajaxLaunch. DownloadSquad.com.
Now, Free Ways to Do Desktop Work on the Web. NYTimes.
Zoho releases Ajax presentation app - last piece of Web Office jigsaw? ZDNet.com.

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