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Google Reportedly Ready To Launch Web-based Spreadsheet Application

Google Inc. is expected to launch on Tuesday a Web-based spreadsheet application, a move that would be the search engine giant's latest challenge to Microsoft Corp.

The Google Spreadsheet would follow by a couple of months the Mountain View, Calif., company's purchase of Writely, a Web-based word processor, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Google was not immediately available for comment.

Writely and the spreadsheet application are direct challenges to Microsoft's worker productivity software. The Office suite dominates the desktop market, but its future could very well be as a Web service.

Microsoft has said it intends to make Office and many of its other products available over the Web as part of its Windows Live initiative.

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