Every year, we push out hundreds of updates to our applications. Some small, some large, some that stand out and some that go under the hood. A good percentage of our updates go under the hood. For such updates, users may not notice anything visually, but they are significant and lay out a solid foundation for things to come in the future. One such updates is now rolled out in Zoho Sheet.
When you login to Zoho Sheet, you may not notice any change visually. But a lot has changed recently at the backend. If you use the app frequently, you will very much notice the difference. I am talking primarily about performance of the app. We changed the backend engine to significantly improve the performance. Zoho Sheet can now load large spreadsheets with great response times.
Million Cell Spreadsheet
For the first time, you can create a million cell spreadsheet in Zoho Sheet. If you ever played with large spreadsheets, you probably are familiar with constant freezes and consumption of local resources. As Zoho Sheet is completely online, all the heavy lifting is done on the server side keeping the client side very lite.
With this update, Zoho Sheet supports up to 65,536 rows and 256 columns per worksheet subject to a maximum of 1 Million Cells per workbook. Supporting million cells is just one part. But maintaining fast load-times with large spreadsheets is another. You no longer have to wait for 5 minutes to load such a large spreadsheet. You can now do it in a snap on your browser. Want to see how the response is? Here are a
. Here is a
spreadsheet with 50K rows. In fact, this spreadsheet also has Pivot tables and charts. Also try the Pixel Art spreadsheets. I encourage you to try loading these spreadsheets in other apps to notice the difference.
Here is a spreadsheet with
25K rows, embedded.
Apart from performance improvements, there are a few other goodies.
Chrome & Safari Support
Zoho Sheet now officially supports Chrome 4+ and Safari 4+ in addition to Firefox 2+ and IE 6+.
- You can now directly input Chinese, Japanese & Korean characters into a cell without having to double-click on a cell
- Improved the Find functionality. Control+F will now invoke the ‘Find’ panel at the bottom of the spreadsheet with options to search within the sheet, row or column
- The Undo and Redo actions now work across sheet and are maintained on a per-user basis while collaborating with other users
Users can now set styles and formats on a column, row, and sheet levels
Our team has been hard at work for several months to get this important update right. We think we made great progress. We’d would like to hear your feedback on this update.