What Is Microsoft Excel?

Leading spreadsheet and data analysis software. Typically bundled with Microsoft Office.

Who Uses Microsoft Excel?

Designed for businesses of all sizes, it is a spreadsheet solution that helps manage and organize data using templates, perform calculations, create analytical charts, and more.

Where can Microsoft Excel be deployed?

Cloud, SaaS, Web-based, Mac (Desktop), Windows (Desktop), Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

About the vendor

  • by Microsoft
  • Located in Middletown, US
  • Founded in 1975
  • Phone Support

Countries available

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany and 5 others

Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch and 21 others

About the vendor

  • by Microsoft
  • Located in Middletown, US
  • Founded in 1975
  • Phone Support

Countries available

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany and 5 others

Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch and 21 others

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Features of Microsoft Excel

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assignment Management
  • Business Process Automation
  • Calendar Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Customisable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Database Creation
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Notes Management
  • Office Suite
  • Presentation Tools
  • Prioritisation
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Projections
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SSL Security
  • Scheduling
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Single Sign On
  • Tagging
  • Task Management
  • Task Planning
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Team Chat
  • Third Party Integrations
  • To-Do List
  • Workflow Management

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  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Calculators
  • Calendar Management
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customisable Templates
  • Customization
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Synchronisation
  • Data Visualisation
  • Database Support
  • Document Automation
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Employee Management
  • File Management
  • File Transfer
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Multiple Projects
  • Offline Access
  • Project Management
  • Project Templates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Search/Filter
  • Single Sign On
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Third Party Integrations
  • User Management
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews of Microsoft Excel

Read all 16,825 reviews

Average score

Overall
4.8
Ease of Use
4.3
Customer Service
4.3
Features
4.7
Value for Money
4.6

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Ramon M.
Ramon M.
Sr IT Project Manager in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Automotive, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

The best spreadsheet

5 2 months ago New

Comments: Personally, it is the best option in terms of calculation when carrying out any accounting procedure, it is ideal when it comes to doing my accounting or just keeping track of a certain task. It is accurate and when you are familiar with it it is simple and fast. You can make simple plans and make movie catalogs for example. Thanks to its versatility it can be used in any subject and even create graphs or organize lists in alphabetical form and many other things. Thanks to its rows and columns I can create calculation formats for anything.

Pros:

has the most complete organization and data analysis on the market. Works with most commercial applications. It can handle many data formulas without problem. It allows interconnecting several related sheets with a high response accuracy. Spreadsheets are created in no time. Plans are made and images are handled with ease and helps to carry the accounting successfully. It has good technical support.

Cons:

it is somewhat difficult to understand and use. When entering formulas, you must know the system well, in the same way, if it throws an error, you must be familiar to be able to correct it. It is payment.

Gábor T.
IT Consultant in Hungary
Information Technology & Services, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

A software in need is a software indeed

5 last week New

Comments: I live in and writing this review from Hungary, yet I am sure in other nations as well, MS Excel and Office tools are the leaders, but not the only sw. used to deal with a table file, in Hungary we do not even call them "documents", "table files", simply refer to them as "Excel" that is how big impact this program has made on our life. MS Excel is on the market around for nearly 40 years, one of the most widely-can-be-used sw. on the market and I think is the best. Happy to have it, personally I am utilizing Office kit from my elementary school days and will in the future. Yes, there are some rivals to MS Excel, yet it is still the uncrown king. You may give a try to its rivals, there are free and paid versions too, so as online version are available.

Pros:

Tons of educational stuff, examples, tricks, cheat sheets, "homework" like tasks are available. You may get it for free, if you are a student, genuine activation keys for a nominal price can be found in the net, yet can be used with a Microsoft account for free (limitations, less feature are obviously there), with great functionality. MS Excel is widely-known I reckon in the planet and used by numerous governments, also in Hungary. In the governmental entities, employees, officers use Office software daily, so it is thought until and even after the uni. Companies, literally in every-single sector utilizing Excel (or Excel-like sw.) daily. The features MS Excel a bit too enormous for one single user, simply not all the functions, and capabilities can be known. Small companies like mine, has an Excel for everything, follow up on the expenses, make statistics, handle a table of contracts and important info in them, instead of a CRM, export reports data into, plan the sw. development activities there, embed file in Excels, put pictures in, track daily activities, even you may have excel with VB knowledge to create new files with macros, you can make more filtering, read-write data, manipulate other Excel documents and so on. Also an important feature, you can lock you sheets, your workbook with a password, so as you can protect your Excel Visual Basic codes. During your private life, Excel will be your help to do your tasks. 3rd party add-ons are available.

Cons:

You have the possibility to share a workbook and simultaneously edit it with others, if the doc. saved to an on-line store, you can edit it on-line or on your on-premise, these function needs to be developed furthermore, sometimes not that smooth, incompatibly due to these versions, loss of functions, occur. Writing a program to use other docs. data can be not that smooth at first, its programming language VB could be better. You can crack the Excel workbook password protection if you check it on the web. Bugs can appear, like resetting a font to the "inherited" one, not showing the result but instead of the formula, not properly loading a different time and language zone created Excel according your settings, showing English formulas instead your own language. Excel also tends to bet slow or even crash when you supply it too much data (but like Power Query, Power Pivot and other, newly introduced "tools" aiming to make these better). Consuming RAM, hard drive could be better. On the IOS, Android apps world, Excel I am not sure the best, nor the leader (as MS got aware this "market" a bit later). When moving from away from your "initial" network or VPN to a different one, it tends to not be able to save your work or give you dialog boxes to re-save your work or overwrite the existing file. Conversion between other text file types, data inputs, reading, opening, editing inherited data, handling dates, are some points Excel can give you hard times.

Loide A.
Administrator in Namibia
Military, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

My review on Microsoft Excel

3 8 months ago

Comments: The principal project that I truly scholarly a great deal about Excel in was building an accounting page to track and plan my course enrollments with as a rookie in school. I needed to figure my aggregate GPA and GPA by term, and I needed to design the entirety of the courses I would take every semester from my first semester in school to my final remaining one. By that point I realized how to utilize rotate tables and some other information decrease recipes, yet I didn't actually have a clue how to utilize query works yet. I assembled a large portion of that bookkeeping page around a capacity to naturally ascertain letter grades dependent on rates, and afterward essential SUM capacities for the GPA computations. The subsequent case was for designing and cleaning a humungous fix of information in my last semester of school. 32 cycle Excel wasn't made for the errand I was utilizing it for around there, however it worked effectively with some content cleanup that I would not like to figure out how to do utilizing standard articulations somewhere else. This experience was and stays educational for me. I learned more a long time of doing those undertakings than my companions who took classes to learn Excel.

Pros:

Colossal degree as Excel has mathematical and literary capacities; you can add hyperlinks and pictures thus significantly more. Numerous sheets can assist it with acting practically like a social information base when joined with separating and arranging capacities. Mistake catching should be possible utilizing.

Cons:

The one fundamental hindrance of the extent of MS Excel is that an excessive number of individuals are self trained and the manner in which they have made the accounting page is undocumented so over the long run individuals attempt to alter and present mistakes. Naming cells makes formulae more significant and simpler to fathom. I once attempted to figure out an accounting page individuals had been utilizing for a very long time and found there was an entire section of qualities incorrectly being remembered for an equation. Somebody had been advised to erase a section however they had quite recently concealed it from see so every one of the qualities were all the while being included messing genuine up. Knowing the contrast between concealing qualities and erasing them is quite major.

Talha I.
M.Phill Scholar in Pakistan
Higher Education, 501-1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Microsoft Excel, the time tested Jack of all Trades spreadsheet.

5 2 months ago

Comments: MS Excel is the most popular and widely uses spreadsheet processor. I love it for its simple interface and the variety of fictions and features that it offers with extreme ease of use.

Pros:

Microsoft Excel is a very flexible software and has thus offers something for every user. Whether you want to build simple overviews or tabulate massive data, carry out a simple calculation or perform complex calculations and basic analytics. Its ability to make a solution richer in terms of features is amazing along with its ever evolving graphics and inclusion of smart algorithms that minimize you work by being more predictive. Its collection of templates is also very useful in providing idea to choose a style for your data presentation. Also its ability to rotate, merge and export tabels and cells and coloring them adds to its ease of use. Apart from these, it easily integrates will all major presentation software.

Cons:

Although it is a very good software, but it still has sme room for improvement like including collaboration tools for online group work. Also, it does not work as a database software, which is something, if added will further increase its productivity much more.

Naoufal O.
Freelance in Morocco
Computer Software, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

The liefs of growth are easy greened by the Excel sheets

5 3 weeks ago New

Comments: In addition to my professional background, we used Excel in the management of many social actions, so in the event of collecting or distribution of charities. This app serves well to drow smiles on the faces of needy people.
Also Excel helps me to continue my work in traveling in public transportation where the internet is not good covered.

Pros:

Excel is one of daily Apps that we use, so this confidence was built through: - Easy menu like the same family of Microsoft. - The build of visual Graphs are large and convivial. - It has a very large functions mathematical, logical and others, that's very easy to call and serves. - The index is very fast and easy to read and learn about all functions and features inside. - The Dynamics tables servers very efficiently. - The interactivity and connexion with other Softwares is possible. - The differents useful features are provided, starting from colors, text forms, tables management, reviews, data management etc. - The Macro Programming is one of stronger issues in Excel.

Cons:

Even if Excel is one of strong and easy App to use, but is very preferable to review some issues like : - The maximum of limited line, column etc. - To reduce the difficulty for programming the Macros. - To propose an limited and free edition for Social associations and students.