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                  May 23, 2000--Vol. 1, No. 2
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In response to questions ...

1. My preliminary research indicates that the current market is 
dominated by the Big Three: Excel, 1-2-3 and Quattro. Is that correct?
Is there a fourth contender? Do you have any figures on market share 
for these products? 

The market is dominated by Microsoft Excel. It has the dominant market 
share. My guess is more than 60% ... but Market Share is hard to 
calculate because IBM gives away copies of Lotus 1-2-3 with some 
systems. The majority of serious spreadsheet users are Excel users.

2. Are there any shareware spreadsheets. 

Check my page on Spreadsheet Links at 

Spreadheet shareware is not a significant factor in the market in my 

3. What are the "must-have" features that any spreadsheet needs to 
feature these days? 

The key features needed are the capability to export as HTML, create 
pivot tables, provide a full set of built in functions, and 
sophisticated charting.

4. What is lacking in today's applications? What's the single >biggest 
improvement needed? 

I only use Excel and Lotus 1-2-3. I don't think much is lacking ... Web 
integration is much better in Excel 2000 than in Excel 97, but many 
Microsoft specific HTML tags are added that make it hard to edit the 
exported Web pages in an HTML editor. You will need to make all changes 
in Excel and others can import your Web document back into Excel.

5. Is anyone offering a spreadsheet as part of an ASP package? 

I don't know. I don't think application service providers need to 
provide spreadsheet applications. Microsoft may try if ASPs catch on.

6. Which spreadsheet do you personally favor and why? 

Microsoft Excel ... I have used it for 15 years ... first on the 
Macintosh and now with Windows. Why? It works.

Comments are appreciated.


DSS News Stories

05/23/2000 Hyperion Essbase OLAP Server 6 earned the highest enterprise 
software product evaluation rating from SPEX ( 
SPEXmark ratings are based on functionality, user-friendliness, 
technology and market strength. Highlights of the SPEX evaluation are 
available at

05/19/2000 - RealWare Awards call for entries. CMP Media's Business 
Intelligence Group announced details of the 2000
RealWare Awards for IT Excellence in Intelligent Enterprise and Imaging 
and Document Solutions. Check
Entries are due Friday, June 16, 2000.

05/17/2000, M2 Communications - LONDON -- Brio Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: 
BRIO), announced the beta version of
Brio.Portal 7.0. New to version 7.0 are Portal.Pages which combine 
exception alerts, charts, gauges, news flashes, and business
events into an intuitive and easily customised interface. External 
market information such as news flashes and business events are
delivered in Brio.Portal 7.0 along with syndicated content from more 
than 850 content sources. Brio.Portal 7.0 also includes the
ability to proactively monitor key performance indicators, while 
incorporating Brio's entire suite of product offerings, including its
analytics, enterprise reporting and business intelligence. For more 
information check or e-mail:

05/15/2000 Reminder! The IFIP WG 8.3 Working Conference on Decision 
Support through Knowledge Management will be held
in Stockholm, Sweden, July 9 - 11, 2000. Information on the event can be 
found at:


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