In May this year, we first revealed our plans to build a new Excel-like UI component that we intentionally called Spreadsheet. It will bring a true Excel experience to your web applications by letting you apply formulas, use Excel-like navigation, format cells and import/export data, and benefit from all the fundamental behaviors you are used to when working with Microsoft Excel. At the same time, you will enjoy superior performance and responsiveness as if you are using a native desktop app.
The new Spreadsheet UI will become part of Kendo UI Professional, UI for ASP.NET MVC and UI for ASP.NET AJAX. The anticipated release date of the first Beta is Q3 expected in late September.
We have made substantial progress since May. We are on track to deliver essential Excel capabilities right in the Beta. Some of them include:
- Formulas and calculations
- Excel Import/Export for the server ASP.NET AJAX and MVC components
- JSON Import/Client Export to Excel for the Kendo UI widget
- Intuitive Excel/Google spread-like navigation and editing
- Cell Formatting
- Sorting and Filtering
Figure 1 This screenshot shows a work-in-progress version of the Spreadsheet.
We have been talking to a lot of customers who try to resolve various data presentation/management problems with an Excel-like UI. They work on business applications for major verticals like Finance, Insurance, Education and Logistics, just to mention a few. Some of them try to achieve this by customizing our Grid components, while others strongly believe they need a dedicated Spreadsheet UI. This made us come up with the initial scope of features to deliver as must-haves that will meet these critical needs. All Spreadsheet features will come packed with advanced responsive behaviors to enable you to deliver a superior Excel look and feel across desktop and mobile.
We want to encourage you to continue share your thoughts, ideas and feature requests with us through our feedback portal or by directly approaching us at SpreadsheetFeedback@telerik.com.
We will run an early Preview Test program with customers and we will welcome anyone of you who wants to become part of it to drop us a line at SpreadsheetFeedback@telerik.com.