Did you notice it? That new little link in the footer of your Gmail message? You’ll only see it if you’ve got an Excel spreadsheet attached. There’s a quick link to open the document in Google Spreadsheets instead of just downloading it and opening it with Excel.
I just had a thought that I wonder if this might actually help promote Excel, rather than drive people to Google Spreadsheets. If you’re not using spreadsheets to frequently, then Google Spreadsheets may just be what you need, but I think if you even start to push further than the average user you’re going to want something more powerful like…oh, I don’t know… the FULL VERSION of Excel?
I continue to be impressed with what the latest Excel 2007 provides to the user. I don’t see Google Spreadsheets coming close to that anytime in the near millenium.