Online Excel alternatives. How to open Excel file online?
Updated: August 04, 2020
2020. Layer gets $5.6M to make spreadsheet collaboration less hassle
Layer is not trying to replace Excel or Google Sheets. Instead the Berlin-based productivity startup wants to make life easier for those whose job entails wrangling massive spreadsheets and managing data inputs from across an organization — such as for budgeting, financial reporting or HR functions — by adding a granular control access layer on top. The idea is to offer a one-stop shop for managing access and data flows around multi-stakeholder spreadsheets, enabling access down to individual cell level and aiding collaboration and overall productivity around these key documents by streamlining the process of making and receiving data input requests.
2018. Mobile Zoho Sheet adds real-time spreadsheet collaboration
Zoho unveiled new Zoho Sheet app for iOS and Android, that allows you to carry your spreadsheets with ease and collaborate in real time with your team, using your mobile devices. You can share your spreadsheets as Microsoft Excel, .pdf or .csv files too. Besides, the new version allows to create large data sets and sort and filter your data for an uncluttered view. Then you can bring your data alive with our vibrant range of charts. View them in full screen, choose to filter out series and analyze your charts with at most comfort and accuracy. Additionally, observe data patterns and trends with conditional formats and icon sets, on your smartphones.
2018. How to open, view and edit Excel spreadsheet online
So, somebody sent you an Excel document and you don’t have Microsoft Excel installed on your computer. Or another common case: you have Excel 2003 but somebody sent you a document in the xlsx format, which can only be opened in Excel 2007 or newer. What should you do? Don’t panic. You can easily open, view and even edit the document in an online word processor. Today there is large variety of these tools. Let’s consider the process of opening the Excel for example using one of the most popular online solutions - Google Docs. The first and most difficult step - you need to register an account on Google. But nowadays many people might already have it. Registered? Let’s continue. Open the Google Docs site and press the Upload button (because first you need to upload your document into the cloud). Pick up the file on your computer. Then the service asks whether you want to convert the document to Google Docs format. Let’s consider this step in details. The fact is that third party (not Microsoft’s) online editors use their own formats for editing documents online (because .doc format is closed one). If you want to edit a document online, you need to convert it. If you simply want to view it online - you don’t need to convert. Google Docs and other online editors can display the Microsoft Excel documents without conversion. You also need to know that the online spreadsheet editors usually don’t contain all the features of the desktop Microsoft Excel, so some functions may be "lost" after the conversion. The same applies to some text formatting in the spreadsheet cells and some diagrams. So, after you have uploaded the spreadsheet - it will appear in the list of your documents, and by clicking on it you can open it for editing. The interface and toolbars in the online editors usually imitate Microsoft Excel, with the difference that they provide only the basic functions. But as a rule it’s enough. From the other hand you can use the main advantage of online document editors and invite your colleagues to co-edit the document instead of sending the file back and forth by email. In Google Spreadsheets you can even collaboratively edit the document with your co-workers simultaneously – in real time. At that you can see, who is now editing the document and what cell he is editing right now. Each user is assigned a color, so you can see it. In addition, you can communicate with the co-workers in the inbuilt chat or comments. Once you have edited the document - you can download it back to your computer in the Microsoft Excel format or another. But don’t rush to do it. If you need to send the document for approval or comments - you can just share it with another user. He will receive a notification by email, and will be able to access the spreadsheet directly in browser, provide feedback and (if you give him access to editing) - make his edits. This is especially useful if you need to send a document to several people. True, in Google Docs all other users in order to access the document should have a Google-account. This is not always acceptable. Other services, such asOffice Online allow to send documents to external users without making them registering in the service.
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2018. Google Sheets gets smart macros recording
Google has launched a major update to Google Sheets. With this update, Sheets users can now record macros. The new “record macros” feature, which sits in the Tools menu, does exactly what you think it should do. You simply start your recording, go through your usual steps and when you’re done, all it takes to repeat all those steps is to run the macro again. In the backend, Sheets actually converts your macro into Apps Script code, which also means that if you want to dive a bit deeper or make a small change, you can edit that script.
2016. ONLYOFFICE now allows to edit documents offline
ONLYOFFICE released Desktop Editors, an office suite that combines viewers and editors for text documents, spreadsheets and presentations working offline. Desktop editors support Copy/Paste, direct print options, local fonts, language detection. ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors are absolutely free for personal use. For business use the desktop applications are available by subscription: 1 year subscription for $39 and an unlimited subscription for $59. Regular updates and email support are included.
2014. Teamlab opens source code, renames to ONLYOFFICE
Online team collaboration service Teamlab always wanted to become an Office - since the time when it got the own suite of office document editors. It's really oystanding, and Teamlab decided to make it the primary feature. At some point the developers even renamed the service to Teamlab Office. But even this wasn't enough for them. Yesterday (in honour of the 4th birthday) Teamlab was renamed to ONLYOFFICE. Although, as you can see on the site screenshot, it still includes not ONLY OFFICE, but also CRM, project management and document management tools. Beside the rebranding, the developers decided to fully open the source code of the product, so that the users could make sure in it's security. So, from now, if you want to install ONLYOFFICE on your own server - you can do it completely free.