theodp writes "Q. What do you get when you cross Facebook and Microsoft Excel? A. Faceworkbook! Before Steve Ballmer declared it Yammertime, Microsoft explored a number of social networking options. GeekWire reports that Microsoft even entertained the idea of Excel-centric social networking, plans for which are laid out in a just-published patent application for the Representation of People in a Spreadsheet. 'For example,' Microsoft explains, 'social networking posts may be included within a spreadsheet, a user may post to a social network from the spreadsheet, and the like.'"