Have you ever thought about all the data that is stored in Microsoft Office Excel workbooks around the world? Excel workbooks are an extraordinary data store, but they also offer great potential as a resource of dynamic information that can move across data-management workflows and business processes.
The previous paragraph was stolen from my last column. Of course, when I wrote this article I was not thinking about some other cool and interesting data that you can store in Excel workbooks. My mind is set to think about Office programs as work-related applications and I am always thinking about ways that will help developers discover cool features (such as SpreadsheetML) to solve business problems. I sometimes forget about all the fun that applications like Excel can provide.
The 2006 Fifa World Cup is starting this month, and some people are starting to create Excel templates that can help you keep track of the results of the game matches for you.
You can download the 2006 World Cup Tracker. An Excel template published recently on Office Online (English version).
I am also attaching a very cool Excel workbook (Mundial 2006) that my friend Juan Balmori from Mexico shared with me. This Excel workbook helps to track game statistics and is a great option if you are looking for a template in Spanish.
Also, Franck Halmaert, the Office PM in France, sent me this great link for a French version.
Have fun watching the games and forget about work for a while :).