What Is Microsoft Excel?

Microsoft Excel is a productivity tool for creating spreadsheets, and for performing statistics and analysis. It features: over 100 functions and more than 235 built-in formulas, 1D and 2D charting, pivot tables for cross-tabulation analysis, multiple worksheets, mail merge capabilities and macros. Use Excel to analyze data and reports in order to discover patterns, trends and gain new insights. With a robust set of tools, you'll be able to create, format and share spreadsheets without difficulty. This application comes with a multitude of slots for storage and types of storage, including audio files and word processors. It also has many different functions, which allow the user to do a large range of tasks.

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.

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Reviews of Microsoft Excel

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
Mohammad Anas
Mohammad Anas
Project Engineer Electrical in Qatar
Verified LinkedIn User
Construction, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

On hand experience.

5.0 last month New

Comments: wow, great have some troubles. But i think I have more to study on the usaage side.

Pros:

The viability and ease use is most like thing about this software.

Cons:

If we make file with more complex calculations and data the file size is increases tremendously.

Stacy
Supply Chain manager in US
Wholesale, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Power Excel

4.0 2 months ago New

Comments: Excel is powerful! For the basic function, it is very easy to use. For the advance features, of course, it requires a learning curve.

Pros:

Excel is very powerful, we used Excel for the following purpose1) Quote log, log in all the quote information and share among sales. As long as the file is saved in the server ( a share folder that the whole team has access), this can function as the free collaboration tool. 2) Project tracker, we have a template created to track the status and schedule, easy to use. 3) Inventory report, we have formular created and import our monthly sales and stock data to calculate how much more inventory we need to increase. 4) Product flyer with table. We even create a product flyer with excel, especially when there is a table needed in the flyer.

Cons:

Unlike word, every page you can set up a different format, the excel has the same format applied to all the pages on the same tab. When creating a product flyer with 2 different styles tabulation, it made us to create two tabs.

Nathan
Nathan
Senior Software Engineer in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Law Practice, 5,001-10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Well, it's an option

3.0 4 years ago

Comments: A tolerant level of frustration, like accepting your parents or siblings because they're your only family, but they irritate you to no end. It's there and it's all you got because Google cloud apps are blocked by your law firm.

Pros:

The pros are thin on this software. I'll list them by number. 1. The software is over 20 years old and has been refined and recreated numerous times over that period. 2. It makes creating lists very easy when copying and pasting information from tables on web forms. It intuitively pastes tables by column and row quite accurately 99% of the time and enables you to take one column as a list and paste it anywhere else. This utility reduces the tedium of quickly conveying information to co-workers considerably. 3. The ability to import data by comma or tab delimited text files is also exceedingly powerful in reducing time spent listing or reporting on specific items in a format that is not conducive to pasting into a table, or perhaps powershell script derived data outputted to a comma delimited text file. As a computer engineer, this takes hours and hours of time and compresses it into minutes. 4. The formulas, while available on Google or other spreadsheets, are also good pros and help with calculating anything you need to do in terms of math from other columns, in my case and in short, capacity and utilization percentages of storage devices on hand.

Cons:

What I like least are the frustrating things, and while few, these really irk me and stand out as a problem, especially in creating reports for people using the formulas, math and functions that spreadsheets are best known for. Case in point: The ability to copy and paste just the function into another spreadsheet that is open. It simply does not work unless you tab out of the existing cell and this is because, annoyingly, separate files, completely separate Excel spreadsheets, all act as if they're part of the same file. If I have one spreadsheet xlsx file open and a separate one open where I'm copying and pasting pertinent data from one to the other, it acts as if I'm in the same spreadsheet and the behavior is inexplicably wonky and unusable. I just want to copy the formula plain text as is into the cell of another spreadsheet because I want to use that same math for data related to other irrelevant items. Google Sheets does not do this at all. Maybe this was something Accountants wanted for some crazy reason that I'll never encounter as an engineer. But this is obnoxious and makes me scream at the computer often. The other con is that I do not like the non-intuitive UI and clunky way to simply save files. It pushes One Drive, and pushes it hard like non stop telemarketing calls. Also, I just prefer the old way to save files. Call me old fashioned but it was simple. I don't need the whole screen to change when cling the file tab.

Ngha
Ngha
Data Analyst in Cameroon
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Technology & Services, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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5.0 4 months ago

Comments: Excel offers spreadsheet fans of any level a tremendous lot of enjoyment, but it has given us more than we can chew at this point in time. You are need to go through extensive training in order to use all of its capabilities. Excel is similar to my handback. I take it with me wherever I go. Nowadays, the solution to any question may be found in a spreadsheet. I've progressed from simple addition and subtraction formulae to developing Macros, executing queries with Power Query, Pivot tables, and much more in Excel. Excel is an essential tool in my job as an accountant and data analyst. Despite having used this for many years, there is still so much to learn, and I am always discovering new recipes on YouTube and forums. What you can accomplish with Excel is limitless.

Pros:

Power query, Power Pivot, Pivot tables, and pivot charts have been my favorite tools in excel. Macros and the all new LAMBA functions are spicing up my everyday experience with excel. There are a lot of things to love about excel if you take some time to learn it. Array formulas have been scary in excel, but In excel 2021, they implemented spilled arrays which has made the fun more enjoyable. I just love excel.

Cons:

There is limitation on the amount of data a spreadsheet can hold. Excel is limited to about a million rows. If you are not familiar with cube formulas or pivot tables, it will be difficult to go above this limitation.

Travis
Quality Engineer in US
Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

The Spreadsheet Standard

5.0 2 months ago New

Comments: Excel is the daily tool for business. It isn't the only spreadsheet program available, but it is often the metric by which all others are measured or strive to achieve.

Pros:

Excel is one of those programs that has every spreadsheet tool you could ever imagine and if you can't imagine it someone else probably has. The amount of functionality built into Excel would definitely be one of its most desirable features. Each iteration of Excel also integrates more of the commonly used tools that get developed by both Microsoft and the community of users and businesses built around it.

Cons:

Major changes between releases caused some friction, but this generally was centered on the user interface. Compatibility could always be managed. Working with charts was difficult early on, but this has also been greatly improved over time. It is difficult to come up with much when this software receives so much attention from its developers to make it meet the users' needs.