Posted 11/16/2012 03:02 (#2699882 - in reply to #2695354) Subject: Re: spreadsheet
If you are always using spreadsheets from a computer connected to the Internet, and if you don't need fancy formulas, I'd recommend Google Drive or Microsoft Skydrive. This way you don't even have to install any software, and you can access your spreadsheet from any computer anywhere with an Internet connection, the spreadsheet program is run on the back-end server.
If you need to access your spreadsheet at times or locations when you are not connected to the Internet, use either Libreoffice or Microsoft Excel, and store the spreadsheet in your Google Drive or Microsoft Skydrive folder so that the local copy of your spreadsheet is automatically backed up on these servers for free as soon as you connect back to the Internet.
If you need the fancy formulas and great visuals or print outs, nothing beats Microsoft Excel. LibreOffice and Google Drive are really poor in features. I don't know if the Live version of Excel is as feature rich as the standalone.
In any case, get both a Google and Microsoft account, they each offer 5 GB of free storage on the "cloud". You just need to save your documents in either folder on your hard disk, and they will synchronize automatically with the servers, so you don't need to back up your documents on an external drive anymore.