Quip takes another swing at Excel with enhanced spreadsheet features

William Franklin

It will let users add live-updating spreadsheets to documents

Credit: Quip

Quip, a Silicon Valley startup that s taking on the giants of the productivity software market, announced a major update to its spreadsheet capabilities Wednesday that s aimed at bringing its service more in line with Microsoft Excel.

The service s spreadsheets now include features like the ability to merge cells, validate data and filter information in a sheet.

These updates are key to helping Quip compete with its biggest rivals in the cloud productivity suite space: Microsoft s Office 365 and Google Apps for Work.

That means the executive summary of a report can have the same data in a spreadsheet table and in a paragraph, because they re linked together.

Taylor estimates they make up 80 percent to 90 percent of the users in a company.

Of course, Quip s competitors aren t standing still.

William Franklin
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