Expresso spreadsheet


Expresso spreadsheet

Infobox Software
name = eXpresso Spreadsheet Communities



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website = http://www.eXpressoCorp.com

eXpresso is a hosted workspace for Microsoft Office communities. Excel spreadsheet management is the first application offered. It is among the growing number of Web 2.0, SaaS offerings in the online spreadsheet market. eXpresso serves as a collaborative platform specifically for Excel business users. [cite web
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History

eXpresso originated as part of an enterprise collaboration product developed by Huy Nguyen. The prevalence of spreadsheet collaboration and sharing [cite web
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Features

Any number of eXpresso users can simultaneously view or edit a spreadsheet. Resulting edits are reflected in real time. A spreadsheet “owner” uploads a spreadsheet to eXpresso and invites associates to access the spreadsheet. Rights and privileges are assigned with some combination of view, edit, download, or copy. The resulting community can perform many tasks native to Excel plus additional management and communications functions enabled by eXpresso. [cite web
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The eXpresso service includes such features as Version Control, Compare, Cell Watch, and integrated online chat tools. The Compare feature allows two spreadsheets to be viewed side-by-side with differences highlighted and color coded by type of change: formula or value. [cite web
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] .Cell Watch enables a user to apply an alert that will automatically generate a notifying email when a designated cell value or formula is changed by a member of the community. Details of all spreadsheet changes are automatically recorded and become permanently attached to the document to provide an audit trail.

For Excel only

eXpresso does not offer a generic or browser-based spreadsheet. It is specifically and exclusively designed to support Excel spreadsheets.vague Excel users can optionally download and install an add-in called "eXpresso Add-In for Excel". This add-in allows to upload, open and edit eXpresso spreadsheets from Excel. Further the add-in allows spreadsheets to be taken offline to perform work on it independent of an Internet connection.

Integration and interoperability

eXpresso is available on Salesforce.com's AppExchange platform [cite web
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Patents

eXpresso has multiple pending patents on its underlying technology. It transforms Excel data and creates a series of related database structures (tables) for data, cell references, formulas, macros, and formats. It then performs the specified operations on data, structure and formulas before reassembling the result and presenting it back in native Excel.

Subscriptions

Pricing is based on a subscription model which includes a free version for light users or individuals. The user agreement shows that it is presently in Version 1.0 beta. It has a 10Meg space limit per user license without charge.

Security

All user levels are protected by secure servers and strict password authorization.

References


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