Google Docs – Excel imports

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Has anyone had problems importing spreadsheets created in Google Docs to Excel, or vice versa? I'm considering recommending the Google Docs tool to some of my colleagues who use Excel but am fearful the product may not be ready for prime time.
ASKED: March 15, 2010  7:02 PM
UPDATED: March 29, 2010  12:45 AM

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I’ve had good luck with workbooks less than 6 sheets. A few over that had problems which, of course, may well have been related to connectivity. I will mention, however, that I have not used any complex macros. I also keep either MS Excel or OpenOffice on the local desktop and if a file is crucial, I zip it and send it for local processing.

A general comment about hosted office suites — since most users use 5% or less of the capabilities of an office suite, I use a couple of them on community documents with others and have been very happy with the results. I also use the presentation creators for on-the-fly needs. I would not expect to use these for complex purposes, but I would keep trying (particularly if connectivity was guaranteed). I do know a few companies using the paid version exclusively (1 local app per 20 people for emergencies).

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