Following on from the Google and ZOHO word processing, Google Spreadsheets not only does your typical spreadsheet stuff, it also can be used as a database. While Microsoft Excel also has flat file database offerings, Google has also all the pluses and minus of offering the database in the cloud. So as with Google Docs and ZOHO for simple spreadsheet and database applications, Google Spreadsheet could be very useful but for anything more robust you would use a specific database and or spreadsheet package. This said, it will be interesting to see where this all ends up. For example will people continue to buy Microsoft Office for home use or will they just uses software in the cloud?
This said there is a very interesting article at ComputerWeekly.com [24 Jun 2008] which quoted a number of large organisations who are using Google Docs, and in which the Gartner Group is quoted as saying Google has a two to three year lead over Microsoft in web-based online collaboration tools. click here to view the article, and click here to get updated news on Google versus Microsoft Office.
There is also a very interesting YouTube video titled Using Google Spreadsheets as a Database in the Cloud located at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWCLROPKug0
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