I recently stumbled upon a new Microsoft product – Excel Mashup. While I am eternally skeptical about Microsoft products, I do find Excel very useful, so I decided to dig into the service.
The gist of Excel Mashup is that it allows you to create web applications around Excel documents. To do this, you must first upload an Excel document to Microsoft’s cloud storage service SkyDrive.
Most businesses use excel data to model and track everything from sales to productivity to expenses, so I imagine that this could be valuable for organizations looking to collaborate or use excel data in internal applications.
It’s hard for me to say a Microsoft product is sexy, so I will just say that this could be extremely useful for building applications around a data format most businesses use everyday.