Google Spreadsheets may not be the most dynamic product the big G's ever launched but we found this free web-based spreadsheet tool did a surprisingly good job as a basic number cruncher. The service is still at an experimental stage, however, so don't expect everything to be perfect.
And there aren't any high-end spreadsheet features, such as PivotTables or charting. Indeed, apart from sorting, you can't do much with text. However, the interface, functions support, collaboration features and all-round performance are all as strong as you'd expect in a Google product.
Your files are automatically saved to Google's server every time you make a change. While we experienced no serious lag, it means you can't make a series of changes and then save the file in a particular state. Nor do you get any file encryption, though you can share with other Gmail users.
Conversion from native Office formats was fairly smooth, although we did notice some awry formatting.
The interface is clean and simple – and its plain English format makes it easier to understand than the majority of spreadsheet applications.
The sorting feature is serviceable, if inflexible. Formulas are supported, although they could do with more online help. Printing is slightly fiddly and requires you to create an HTML rendition of your work.