Excel Vs Smartsheets


I got an interesting question today from a client they asked whats the difference if they use Excel vs Smartsheets or Google Sheets vs Smartsheets.

To me it looks like Excel and smart sheets are about the same but I though was a good question. I think excel got more functions but again hit me kind funny how many people use smartsheets

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15 responses to “Excel Vs Smartsheets”

  1. hrlngrv

    I figure you'd get a lot more responses from people familiar with both if you posted this in Reddit's Excel subreddit with a Discussion flair. I've been using spreadsheets heavily for over 3 decades, and this is the first I've heard of Smartsheet.

  2. Paul Thurrott

    I've never even heard of Smartsheets.

  3. aThingOrTwo

    Smartsheet is a project management tool - I assume it is this application?

  4. Bats

    Is the client asking for advice as to which one he should use?

    All in all, it doesn't really matter as long as the file extension can open and edit .xls or .xlsx documents. Those extension are pretty much industry standard.

    • wright_is

      In reply to Bats:

      If the client is asking about which one to use, between Smartsheet and Excel, they seem to have not understood what sort of product Smartsheet is! They should be asking whether they should use Smartsheet or MS Project... :-S

  5. AnOldAmigaUser

    If it is the Smartsheet product, then that is a cloud based project management tool. While some people use Excel and, I suppose, Google Sheets to manage project information, a dedicated product would likely be better, assuming that everyone is on board with managing the project to that level. If it is a smaller firm, it may be overkill.

    Pricing at $25/user/month for an annual subscription is higher than either Google Suite or Office 365, which while they may not be as good as a PM tool, do offer a lot of other benefits.

    I would ask your client what it is he wants to accomplish. That should determine the type of tool that is chosen.

  6. dcdevito

    I've used Smartsheet for years (I'm a Project Mgr) and I'd say it's a hybrid of Excel and Project. I love it because it's lighter, web based, anyone can have read only access, it's way cheaper than Project, and the best part is it has excellent built in dashboard reporting - makes my CIO happy. Project forces you to work in a vacuum.