Apparently Google is about to announce a new online spreadsheet product. My first reaction was - that's stupid, who would want to have their spreadsheet app. online -- its slower and probably less secure. Online applications strike me as a step back to the bad old days of mainframe-terminal applications.
But then I thought about my 30 managers who send me excel spreadsheets each week with their revenue data, and it occurred to me that this might be exactly what we need. Its a constant headache keeping everyone on the right version and managing all these submissions. Also, it would be nice if we can eliminate buying 40 copies of MS Office. Currently we are implementing OpenOffice 2.0 to eliminate the MS Office expense, but a real online collaborative spreadsheet solution at Google type pricing (e.g. zero) might be cool.
I don't see it up on their site yet, but they have a lot of cool stuff in Beta I had never played with before. Check out Google Labs here.