Big usage spike, virus or viral?

March was the best month ever for Excel-to-HTML, my Microsoft Excel add-in for converting spreadsheet cells to HTML tables. People used it 650 times last month to convert cells to HTML, and this month is on track to do well too.

Graph of Excel to HTML usage in 2019 and 2020

I was trying to figure out why and then I realized the obvious answer. People are probably using the add-in to share their tables of virus related data during the current pandemic.

This pandemic is obviously a terrible net negative for millions of people, but it's interesting to see which things are growing because of it.

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    This is a cool concept. What advantages does it have over google sheets and embedding a sheet? or just publishing the sheet itself? I can imagine some but I'd like to see what your thoughts are.

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      Hey Dan! The add-in doesn't work with Google Sheets, it's an MS Excel only thing. I guess the main difference from embedding a sheet is being able to get pure HTML code of part of your sheet so that the rendering looks the same.

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        I'd imagine with Google Apps Scripting you could make a google sheets version. https://developers.google.com/apps-script

        I'm just going to leave that distraction of a thought here for you to think about. :D

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          Heh yes I could do it but it doesn't seem worthwhile at this stage. Thanks for the tip though!

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