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Developer(s)Team and Concepts
Initial release2006
Stable releaseNovember 2008 Release (rev 24787) (21st November, 2008) [±]
Preview releaseNovember 2008 Release (rev 24787) (21st November, 2008) [±]
Operating systemAny (Web-based application)
Available inMultilingual (9)
TypeOnline spreadsheet

EditGrid was a Web 2.0 spreadsheet service, operated via Internet access (web-based application).[1] It offered both a free-of-charge service to personal users and a subscription service to organisations and was available on a number of partner sites and channels.[2]

EditGrid was shut down on May 1, 2014.


EditGrid was developed, provided and maintained by Team and Concepts, a Hong Kong-based company. The first public beta release of EditGrid was launched on 7 April 2006. It registered its 10,000th personal user in November 2006.[3] In January 2007 EditGrid started to offer organisation accounts for free trial and also became available on Salesforce.com's AppExchange platform.[4] On 14 February 2007,[5][6] EditGrid officially declared out-of-beta and launched its subscription service.

In June 2007, EditGrid announced a $1.25 million series A investment from the WI Harper Group.[7]

EditGrid announced a series of changes to its business in September 2009.[8] According to the change, they were no longer supporting users through future enhancements or subscription based accounts. The user forum and the wiki have been closed. In October 2009 Apple had bought EditGrid.[9][10]


Touted as the most advanced and well-polished Ajax-enabled spreadsheet,[11][12] EditGrid included features for shared access and online collaboration[13] on top of conventional spreadsheet functionalities. Its Real-Time Update (RTU) feature allowed multiple users to see changes on a spreadsheet immediately, and it was considered a winning feature among similar products.[14] Its Remote Data feature was able to retrieve live data on the web,[15] while its My Data Format (MDF) feature allowed users to customise the output format using XSLT, such as live KML for Google Earth.[16] Other features included multiple access control levels, revision history,[17] charting, live chat, permalinks and more than 500 spreadsheet functions.

Apart from access from its main site, spreadsheets hosted on EditGrid could be accessed on third-party websites by means of its post-to-blog feature.

In September 2007, the EditGrid iPhone Edition was launched at the Office 2.0 Conference.[18]

In September 2008, EditGrid had launched its JavaScript Macro support, enabling user-programmed macros to manipulate EditGrid spreadsheets using JavaScript.[19]

Integration and interoperability[edit]

EditGrid was available as a module on Netvibes, Pageflakes and Google Personalized Homepage.[20] EditGrid was also available on Salesforce.com's AppExchange platform.

EditGrid also formed part of the offering of Central Desktop,[21] ShareOffice[22] and ThinkFree Office.[23]

In addition, developers could make use of the EditGrid API to build custom applications. There were a number of EditGrid add-ons that mashed up other services. One of these, Grid2Map, turned longitude-latitude pairs into placemarks on Google Maps.[24]



In addition to the default English version, EditGrid was available in eight languages: German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese, largely thanks to a community localisation project.[25]

Organisation account[edit]

EditGrid was available to organisation users on a software-as-a-service basis. Organisation users were supported by SSL-encrypted traffic, user account administration and management reports on top of the features available to personal users.[26] EditGrid organisation accounts had become completely free-of-charge for all users since September 2009.[8]

Software architecture[edit]

EditGrid had been developed on an open-source software architecture. It ran on Catalyst as the web application framework and used Gnumeric as its back-end support. It adopted Ajax technology at the front-end.[27]


Apple, Inc acquired EditGrid in 2009[28].


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  2. ^ Phil Wainewright (2007-09-06). "EditGrid』s distinctive Office 2.0 business model". ZDNet. Archived from the original on 2007-09-08. Retrieved 2007-09-12.
  3. ^ "Exclusive EditGrid conversation with founder - David Lee". Folknology. November 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
  4. ^ David Lee (2007-01-12). "Check out EditGrid at Salesforce AppExchange!". EditGrid Developers Blog. Archived from the original on 2007-01-19. Retrieved 2007-01-13.
  5. ^ David Lee (2007-02-14). "EditGrid Out of Beta, Launched Subscription Service". EditGrid Blog. Archived from the original on 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2007-02-15.
  6. ^ Dennis Howlett (2007-02-14). "EditGrid out of beta". AccMan. Archived from the original on 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2007-02-15.
  7. ^ Duncan Riley (2007-06-10). "Team and Concepts Raises $1.25million Series A". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2007-06-14.
  8. ^ a b David Lee (2009-09-24). "EditGrid Changes Announcement". EditGrid Blog. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
  9. ^ Apple (AAPL) Acquired EditGrid? Archived 2013-04-19 at the Wayback Machine. iStockAnalyst.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-09.
  10. ^ https://angel.co/editgrid
  11. ^ Ismael Ghalimi (2007-03-26). "Spreadsheet Roundup". ITRedux. Archived from the original on 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2007-04-18.
  12. ^ Philipp Lenssen (2007-02-22). "EditGrid, Google Spreadsheets Competitor". Google Blogoscoped. Retrieved 2007-02-23.
  13. ^ ליאור הנר (2006-06-09). עומדים על נייר (in Hebrew). Haaretz. Archived from the original on 2006-06-13. Retrieved 2006-08-12.
  14. ^ Michael Fitzgerald (March 2007). "Winning the Numbers Game – Best for... Collaborating". Inc. magazine. Retrieved 2007-04-18.
  15. ^ Mark Gibbs (2006-07-17). "EditGrid, an excellent Web 2.0 spreadsheet". Network World. Retrieved 2006-08-11.
  16. ^ Stefan Geens (2006-08-23). "EditGrid => XML + XSLT => KML". Ogle Earth. Retrieved 2006-10-31.
  17. ^ David de Oliveira Lemes (2006-06-29). "Alternativas ao Excel" (in Portuguese). PC World. Archived from the original on 2006-07-19. Retrieved 2006-08-12.
  18. ^ Dennis Howlett (2007-09-05). "Spreadsheet for your iPhone". ZDNet. Archived from the original on 2007-09-08. Retrieved 2007-09-12.
  19. ^ "Macro Guide - EditGrid Help Centre". EditGrid. Archived from the original on 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  20. ^ Rafe Needleman (2007-01-11). "EditGrid: A nice competitor to Google Spreadsheets". CNET Webware. Retrieved 2007-01-13.
  21. ^ Marc Orchant (2007-02-20). "Central Desktop adds spreadsheets to their mix". ZDNet. Archived from the original on 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2007-02-21.
  22. ^ Richard MacManus (2007-05-08). "ShareOffice Launches - Open Standards Based Web Office Suite". ReadWriteWeb. Archived from the original on 2007-06-09. Retrieved 2007-06-14.
  23. ^ Marc Orchant (2007-06-04). "ThinkFree and EditGrid announce online spreadsheet partnership". ZDNet. Archived from the original on 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2007-06-14.
  24. ^ J. Murali (2006-10-30). "Location-enabled webfeed holds promise". The Hindu. Retrieved 2006-10-31.
  25. ^ "EditGrid Localisation Project". Retrieved 2006-11-11.
  26. ^ "It's a grid - get it?". Under the Radar Blog. 2007-01-19. Archived from the original on 2007-01-26. Retrieved 2007-01-22.
  27. ^ http://blog.editgrid.com/?p=21#comment-47
  28. ^ "Apple Acquired EditGrid".

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