About Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is a software program, developed by Microsoft and sold as part of the Microsoft 365 suite. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.

Features of the Microsoft Excel application include user friendly formatting options that make formatting numbers and data easier, pattern matching and value lists that save time when typing in information by using an interface similar to filling in a form, and custom number formats that allow users to add leading zeroes or change number separators.

Pricing starting from:

US$6.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany , United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch , English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, traditional Chinese

Pricing starting from:

US$6.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Microsoft Excel: 15

  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization Software
  • Document Management Software
  • Drag & Drop
  • File Sharing Software
  • Notes Management
  • Offline Access
  • Productivity Tools
  • Real-time Updates
  • Search/Filter
  • Templates

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5
(18,449)
Value for Money
4.6/5
Features
4.7/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support Software
4.3/5

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Dave
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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

The industry standard

Reviewed on 12/10/2020

Honestly, I love Excel. The truth is, once you unlock the various features there is very little you...

Honestly, I love Excel. The truth is, once you unlock the various features there is very little you can't do. For fun I've created a dynamic resume', a slide presentation and even a couple of games inside Excel just to see if I could.

Pros

Excel's greatest value is its ability to be many things for many people. I would say 90% of the people I've seen use Excel only use about 10% of its capabilities, and it's great for that. People are making quick budgets, schedules, to-do lists and even recipes books with excel and don't need many "pro" features for that.
Then there are the people who use it for contact management and data-processing, I've even seen an Excel instance that used extensive scripting to handle CRM, inventory and mail-merge marketing. I don't suggest it, but if you really want to get into it, it's very possible.
I'd say the greatest advantage of using Excel is that it's the industry standard for spreadsheets. If send someone an excel sheet you can bet that they will have a way to open it.

Cons

For cons, it does annoy me a bit that the Mac version isn't nearly as good as the Windows version. It's not surprising, of course, but it is annoying. I use Excel on different platforms and operating systems and the difference is striking.
Also, if you do plan on getting in the weeds with excel for business intelligence and data processing, you can literally spend years studying ti and getting proficient with the all of the capabilities.
And finally, it can be a huge processor hog and slow down everything else on your computer if you aren't careful. Even a simple spreadsheet with a simple formula involving whole columns can suddenly bring a stop to your workday.

Alternatives Considered

Numbers and Google Sheets

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Excel

Most often the choice was based on the rest of the enterprise using Excel but I also believe it's a better product than either Sheets or Numbers. The one place I use Google Sheets over excel is if I'm sharing information with a lot of people, or using templates integrated with other Google products, like analytics.
Keith
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  • Industry: Computer Networking
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Excel is a Database

Reviewed on 11/16/2022

A great product, I wish that MS would discontinue MS Access and just make an Excel+ or something...

A great product, I wish that MS would discontinue MS Access and just make an Excel+ or something better than Access as Excel could easily do all of that and then more. This is great for data storage, presentations and more.

Pros

For all the haters out there, Excel is a database, moreso than MS Access is a database. Not opinion, but fact. Inflamatory / clickbait title and first line aside, there is more that can be done in Excel than most know about and it can really become whatever you need it to be, and for a very low cost of memory and storage, all while being very portable.

Cons

It can't handle larger datasets and files all that easily, at about 75 MB (in my experience) it would start to get laggy and buggy, and after about 250 MB it would be very noticable.

Pedro
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  • Industry: Nanotechnology
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

A reliable spreadsheet software

Reviewed on 1/6/2023

I've used it for both simple and complex data analysis and nowadays I even use it at my home for...

I've used it for both simple and complex data analysis and nowadays I even use it at my home for more basic activities.

Pros

The ability to quickly visualize, compute and analyze raw data

Cons

It's unintuitive, and learning it can take a while.

Rabbi Selilah
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

I would rather use Numbers for anything and everything.

Reviewed on 4/21/2020

I have been in educational leadership for over 25 years. For all of that time I have had to run...

I have been in educational leadership for over 25 years. For all of that time I have had to run budgets, strategize enrollment projections and much, much more. For the vast majority of that time I had to utilize Excel. It was the go to vehicle for each and everyone of my treasures and book keepers to keep track of our financials. Even when I was setting up documentation on my own, I always turned to excel. However, as an educator with no accounting training I always had to turn to an expert to set up my formulas and interwoven sheets. I knew what I needed them to do, knew that Excel could function that way, but making that happen was well beyond me. It was always very frustrating. After many years I founded my own program and suddenly had no one else to turn to to arrange my tracking systems. I was stuck. I had to figure it out. Or did I? Because I am a Mac user and as I was struggling to set my Excel sheets up, I suddenly and excitedly stumbled upon Numbers. I must say, while Excel can do whatever you want it to, Numbers can do it better, with more intuitive functions. I imagine for an accountant there may be more to this picture, but for a lay user who depends of ease of use, clarity of function and ultimate success, I am happy to leave Excel in my tool bar while I create my budgets, rosters, calendars and more on Numbers.

Pros

For decades Excel was the only way to go. Its ability to utilize formulas to create the documentation we needed was invaluable.

Cons

It is clunky and hard to intuit for novice users. I have always had to impose upon other users to set my sheets up to do what I wanted to do.

Alternatives Considered

Numbers
Claude Real
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  • Industry: Graphic Design Software
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Good to manage data in batch and manage financial data

Reviewed on 10/10/2022

I do like Microsoft Excel in my daily work and I do recommend it, especially for collaborative work...

I do like Microsoft Excel in my daily work and I do recommend it, especially for collaborative work using the web version. However, I sometime must still rely LibreOffice when the spreadsheets are to heavy due to the froze and slowing issues.

Pros

This software has great features when it comes to managing, reviewing and correcting data from extracted tables. The various automated features allow to save time and ensure quality result. For financial data, this software is perfect, especially when you need to create multiple relations between tabs accompanied with complex calculations.

Cons

The software start to froze or become ultra slow whenever you reach about 1500 lines that are based on calculation or automated features.

Alternatives Considered

WordPerfect Office and LibreOffice

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Excel

I didn't choose, I bought Corel Wordperfect Office and I downloaded LibreOffice also. Basically, I use all three softwares.
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Microsoft Excel FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Microsoft Excel.

Microsoft Excel offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$6.00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Microsoft Excel is available as part of Microsoft 365 subscriptions. Office 365 Personal: $6.99/month or $69.99/year Office 365 Home: $9.99/month or $99.99/year Office Home & Student 2019: $149.99 one-time Office 365 Business: $8.25/user/month (annual commitment required) Office 365 Business Premium: $12.50/user/month (annual commitment required) Office 365 Business Essentials: $5/month (annual commitment required) Users can also access the web-based version of Microsoft Excel through the free OneDrive Basic 5GB, and the $1.99/month OneDrive 100GB subscription plans.

Microsoft Excel has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Microsoft Excel supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, traditional Chinese

Microsoft Excel supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Microsoft Excel integrates with the following applications:

123FormBuilder, ActiveCampaign, Acuity Scheduling, Airtable, Alchemer, Any.do, Asana, Basecamp, CRM Analytics, Cascade Strategy, ClickFunnels, ClickUp, Clio, Constant Contact, Discord, Dropbox Business, Eventbrite, Evernote Teams, FastField, Firebase, Formidable Forms, Formsite, Formstack Documents, Freshdesk, GoCanvas, GoToWebinar, Google Contacts, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Gravity Forms, HubSpot CRM, InstaPage, Instagram, Jira, Jotform, Kajabi, Knack, Landingi, LinkedIn for Business, Mailchimp, ManyChat, Microsoft 365, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft To Do, Miro, MySQL, Ninja Forms, Notion, OneDrive, Paperform, Parserr, PayPal, Pipedrive, Pipefy, Podio, QuickBooks, RingCentral Contact Center, Shopify, Slack, Smartsheet, Squarespace, Stripe, SurveyMonkey, Todoist, Trello, Twilio, Twitter, Typeform, Unbounce, Venngage, WPForms, Wave, Webflow, Wix, WooCommerce, WordPress, Wufoo, Xero, Zapier, Zendesk Suite, Zoho Forms, Zoom Meetings, mailparser.io, monday.com

Microsoft Excel offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base Software, Phone Support

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