Create Rich and Interactive Data Mashups with Excel

Microsoft has launched a new service that allows developers to quickly create rich and interactive data mashups for their sites.

Microsoft Excel

Follow three easy steps to develop mashups with Microsoft Excel web App on SkyDrive using JavaScript:

  • Upload your workbook on SkyDrive
  • Embed it on your web site
  • Mash it up with our JavaScript API

Before you can embed your Excel workbook on a web page, you need to upload it a folder on SkyDrive and then set permissions on the workbook. Once   you have your workbook uploaded to SkyDrive, you can use the SkyDrive Embed dialog box to get the HTML and JavaScript code that will embed the workbook on a Web page. Now, you can use the Excel Services JavaScript library to make rich data mashups using data from your embedded workbook.

While the iframe code only displays the spreadsheet on a Web page, Microsoft Excel Web App also generates a JavaScript snippet that you can paste into the HTML of your web page alternatively. This JavaScript snippet consists of an HTML div element that displays the spreadsheet and a script element that sets options for appearance and interactivity. You can add your own code to programmatically manipulate the embedded spreadsheet.

Excel Mashup

Not Even a Day since Google Launched Offers, And It is Already Facing a Lawsuit!

Google Offers is a deals service from Google offering discounts of 50% or more on prices. Google has taken a stand against Groupon with this launch, as Groupon generates the maximum buzz in this space as of now. Though, it is worth a note that Google Offers is not fully and formally launched yet, and it is already facing a lawsuit.


Walker Digital ,a reputed R&D lab is suing major tech companies on their use of Walker patented technologies. It has already sued a multitude of tech giants including Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, eBay and Apple on similar location based charges. Additionally, Walker Digital also sued Facebook over its friending technology. The entire lawsuit is available on Scribd here.

Walker Digital v Google

Google is being sued for four patent infringements which include,

  • Settlement systems and methods wherein a buyer takes possession at a retailer of a product.
  • Systems and methods wherein a buyer purchases a product at a first price and acquires.
  • Purchasing systems and methods wherein a buyer takes possession at a retailer of a product.
  • Purchasing, redemption and settlement systems and methods wherein a buyer takes possession at a retailer.

Walker Digital appears to be a reputed R&D firm. Jay Walker from Walker Digital has also featured on TED. It will be interesting to see how this lawsuit shapes up for Google and others involved.