Google Sheets, Excel and doing numbers online

At Box Free IT Alexy Mitko asks: Is Google Sheets good enough to replace Excel?

The correct answer to this kind of question is that it depends on what you’re trying to do.

Google Sheets it good for quick and dirty calculations or for managing lists — particularly if you are working with others. For anything more complicated Excel has the necessary firepower. I know many professionals who work with numbers and would never dream of moving away from Excel.

Mitko answers the question from an accountant’s view. He says Excel fits accounting work better than Google Sheets:

… the Excel model better fits the way most accounting firms delegate the work. Most accountants work sequentially in their individual roles. There is constant communication between clients, accountants, managers and directors, but only one accountant works on a clearly defined task, which is then reviewed and signed off.

I’m a freelance journalist, so I rarely deal with spreadsheets for anything more than making lists or doing my cash flow forecast. My needs are basic enough to be covered by any tool. I find Google Sheets tricky to use although I admit that might be down to lack or practice.

In my experience the free online version of Excel is the best tool for quick and dirty number crunching. I keep my documents on OneDrive and access them from my laptop, iPad and phone.