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Google Sheets Gets a Speed Boost

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Updated: June 27, 2024

Google Sheets Gets a Speed Boost

Google Sheets is now lightning-fast! Whether you're working with simple sums or complex queries, calculations are significantly faster, regardless of file size. This speed boost applies across the board, from running formulas to creating pivot tables, using conditional formatting, and more.

This impressive performance gain is powered by WasmGC, a new web technology that replaces JavaScript for faster code execution. WasmGC is an extension of WebAssembly, and it allows garbage-collected languages (like the one used in Google Sheets) to run on the web at near-native speed.

The move to WasmGC builds on Google's ongoing efforts to make desktop-class web apps a reality. It represents a significant step forward from the previous server-side and client-side calculation methods used in Google Sheets.

These speed improvements are currently available in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Support for other browsers, including Safari and Firefox, is planned for the future. All Workspace and personal users can enjoy these enhancements right away.

Google is committed to continually improving the Sheets experience. The company is actively working on reducing initial load times and enhancing copy/paste and filter performance. This focus on speed and efficiency follows other recent updates, including smoother scrolling and expanded cell limits.