Google Sheets Is Finally a Serious Spreadsheet


How long have I been waiting for Sheets — Google’s browser-based spreadsheet — to allow me to edit spreadsheets when I’m not connected to the Internet? I can tell you to the day: Since May 30, 2007, when Google announced Gears, a technology for making web apps work in offline mode. Here I am back in 2008, already antsy about the fact that Sheets isn’t yet offline-friendly.

But the wait is over: Today, Google is announcing an update to Sheets that allows for both offline viewing and editing. It has nothing to do with Gears, which Google abandoned years ago, and the offline mode requires that you use Google’s Chrome web browser or a Chromebook. But it’s finally here, and it makes the notion of using Sheets for meaningful number-crunching a lot more plausible.

So do some other changes in the new version. Spreadsheets are no longer limited…

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