Google launches web spreadsheet

Internet search engine Google has released a web-based spreadsheet application, on a limited test basis.

Spreadsheets are software applications with a grid of rows and columns and calculating capabilities, which allow users to input or organise information.

California-based Google said its free, web-based application can be shared by up to ten users simultaneously.

The dominant stand-alone spreadsheet is Excel from Microsoft, and Google's move could put the two on collision course.