Google has launched a limited test of Google Spreadsheets on Google Labs. The browser-based software is a free, secure service that enables users to create, store and share basic spreadsheets on the web.
Designed for users who create basic spreadsheets that need to be shared or updated by several contributors, Google Spreadsheets enables increased accessibility, with spreadsheets being stored on the web so that they can be accessed from any computer. Using Google Spreadsheets on the web also avoids the need to install any software on the local computer.
Google Spreadsheets can be shared, updated and edited by several users at the same time, in real-time, saving users from the hassle of manually consolidating multiple spreadsheets from others. Users can also chat while editing or viewing the same spreadsheet and control who may edit and view their shared spreadsheets by listing the specific people by email address.
Users can upload spreadsheets or information from other desktop applications, with support for the .CSV and .XLS formats.
Google Spreadsheets will be available to a limited number of users, and the company promised to regularly send invitations to users on the waitlist on a first-come, first-serve basis.