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ExcelEverywhere is looking to get some profit out of the web nightmare surrounding Microsoft v Eolas. The specifically advertise –with Google Ads, so a search of eolas patents will bring up their ad– to solve the plug-in problem for developers and web masters who use the ActiveX Excel component to display Excel files on line. As they say on their page “instead_of_plugins.html”:
Personally I love the link to Jeffrey Zeldman in there, although the way it’s presented seems to me to imply Jeffrey is supporting or endorsing their service.
Not that it’s a bad service really, and you have to applaud their quick movement to capitalize on the situation. There are a lot of companies out there without web coders and designers to take care of this issue for them, but who need to plan and move their web applications to work in a non-plug-in environment. If they need online ROI calculators,or expense report applications and reports then this promises to replace those ActiveX Excel components. Problem–well part of it at least–solved.
So from every “crises” come opportunity, and boy is there going to be a ton of opportunity here (said with dripping wet sarcasm). Zeldman said it in his article on the 12th,
“If the patent ruling stands, it will hurt web users, site owners and designers, and software companies (possibly ruining some of those companies) and will chill web development in untold ways. We find ourselves in the unaccustomed position of rooting for Microsoft.”
I have also said much the same on August 30th, September 13th and just yesterday. As for ExcelEverywhere, I have no idea if their service is good or bad–they are just the first of what I figure will be many companies and services that are going to appear in the next weeks and months. Some will be great services at affordable prices, others, well…