Microsoft offers ExcelMashup.com for quick web apps

If you have had a wish to create a cool web-based application that makes a person's comic book collection fun to go through, then Microsoft has something that's right up your alley. This week the company launched ExcelMashup.com, a new site that lets anyone create web-based apps that use a number of Microsoft's products, including the Excel spreadsheet program.

Using ExcelMashup.com does require signing up for a free Microsoft Skydrive account, but once that's done, Microsoft says there are three easy steps to get your ExcelMashup.com web app up and running. First you upload your workbook on your Skydrive storage space; then you embed it on a web site; finally, you can use Microsoft's Excel Services JavaScript library to create mashups based on the date from the uploaded workbook.

The site has a number of examples of what can be done with the ExcelMashup.com site. One is called Destination Explorer that lets you select a region of the world, then a city or park. Finally you can select what the weather is like in your selected area or how many visitors it gets in a year. It even uses Bing Maps to show you the area in question. It's a very simple and limited app, but obviously a lot more can be done with ExcelMashup.com with more information so it'll be interesting to see if anything cool comes from the website.

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Would I be able to use this to pull data off the US dept of treasury or dept of labor website and create an Excel chart based on it? That would be cool

Simon- said,
So basically what Google Docs already does?

Hate to tell you this shipmate, but Excel been doing this longer than Google been around.

Pam14160 said,

Hate to tell you this shipmate, but Excel been doing this longer than Google been around.

My apologies, I didn't realise that Microsoft Excel could embed a spreadsheet into a web page (to share with anyone on the Internet) before ExcelMashup and Office Web Apps came about.

Pam14160 said,

Hate to tell you this shipmate, but Excel been doing this longer than Google been around.

Shill - tell us how much profit Google makes on Docs app?

Interesting yet simple concept...

This morning I was reading an old InfoWeek article on Excel from 1985 when it debuted on the Mac, how it was going to revolutionize spreadsheets and give the Mac business chops.

In 1991 one of my first companies built a GIS system in Excel (pre VBA, just Excel Macro language) with it being one of the best blank canvases to create almost anything going far beyond the 'spreadsheet' of numbers and data even then, as we used Excel for generating the linked mapping data graphically.

Now 26 years later, and it is still generating new thoughts of use on the web.

Who would have thought that an Application model to hold information in cells would impact the world far beyond traditional methods of use.