JOSH: I don’t get it.
PAUL: What exactly don’t you get?
JOSH: It turns from a building into a robot, right?
JOSH: Well, what’s fun about that?
— Big (1988)
Okay, I’ve now tried Google Spreadsheets for a spell, and while it’s nice and all … it isn’t a Gmail-style rethink of the spreadsheet category. It isn’t clear how/where ads would fit into the model; and it also isn’t much more, feature-wise, than Numsum+. So, I don’t get it.
At the risk of agreeing twice today with Nick Carr, Google Spreadsheets currently seems like a big, wet kiss to Microsoft.