Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel

Spreadsheet software

4.8/5 (9236 reviews)

Microsoft Excel Overview

New available Excel version is cleaner, but it’s also designed to help you get professional-looking results quickly. You’ll find many new features that let you get away from walls of numbers and draw more persuasive pictures of your data, guiding you to better, more informed decisions.

Pricing

Starting from
USD 10.00/month
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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish and 22 others, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

Microsoft Excel Reviews

Overall rating
4.8/5
98% positive reviews
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Verified Reviewer

The Best Spreadsheet platform in the world (Excel By Microsoft)

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 12/09/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Very Good application as a whole. It does what i want it do and what it was designed to be used for.

Pros

If you are familiar with any other Microsoft software such as Word Or PowerPoint for example then it is certain you will immediately understand the way the interface has been designed, which is very user friendly.
I believe that anybody can learn how to use excel because of how simplistic the design is and also because there is even a function button that tells you exactly what you can use to perform a certain action using excel where it even simply gives you the option to search using words what it is you want to do. For e.g if you searched 'plus' or 'add' excel will present you with a function that you can use to add the value of two or more cells together,

Cons

There are not many cons to excel as i feel it is a software that has been designed to do exactly what is expected if it without any issues but if i were to mention a few cons it would be things that do not really have a negative effect on the application has a whole but rather just aspects that could have been improved on.
Excel is not 100%. although there are security features in place like locking editing and so forth nothing prevents another person from simply access the data that may be stored in a table and then mimicking it in a brand new spreadsheet.
Its difficult to troubleshoot when getting an error. Sometimes it may give you an error code but never telling you why exactly for a example maybe a function did not carry out. So now that requires new users to look up the error code to see what it actually means and why certain things are not working for them ehich i feel uses unnecessary time of the user

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Verified Reviewer

De facto software for Spreadsheet Management

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 10/08/2019
Review Source: Capterra

I work in banking industry. My daily job is to collect different types of banking data from different business units and process them into meaningful information for policy makers. For this purpose I almost entirely dependent of MS Excel. Everyday I collect a number of excel files from different sources and process them using various Macros for time saving. Then I summarize them using pivot table and graph. Finally I create some graphical presentation for higher management's consumption. Till today MS Excel never failed to serve me. Ofcourse, it is very resource hungry and it has some limitations regarding rows and columns size but my overall experience with MS Excel is very good.

Pros

My daily activities are heavily dependent on MS Excel. I work with very large amount of data and following abilities of MS Excel helps me to complete my job timely and effectively:
1. Ability to present data visually by different types of graphs
2. Ability to summarize data using Pivot table and Pivot graph
3. Ability to collect data automatically from different websites using connections
4. Ability to automate different redundant activities using Macro and visual basic

Cons

The things I don't like about MS Excel are:

1. Its very resource hungry. You need minimum 4gb of RAM for day to day activities and 8gb to 16gb of RAM for bigger spreadsheet with more than 200k rows of data.

2. Though the size of Spreadsheets is adequate for normal day to day use, it has a limitation of 1 million (1,048,576) rows and 16 thousand (16,348) columns. Sometimes this limitation forces me to divide my spreadsheets in 2 or 3 parts which is not optimal.

3. The learning curve of MS Excel is not very smooth specially for new users.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Meliksah T.

Business solution with no better alternative

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 28/07/2019
Review Source: Capterra

I used Excel as a student, where I carried out basic tasks. I kept using Excel as IT Business Analyst where I extended the amount and type of functions I used. I carried out project management and basic data analyses in Excel. Finally, for the past year or so, I work as data scientist and I sometimes use Excel to carry out data cleaning and inspection on Excel because it's the good old pal I know. Excel is my best tool at work and I totally, even emotionaly love Excel.

Pros

The ease of use, amount of functions, possibility of things can be done, writing functions within functions, giving link to cells between sheets and other Excel files.
It's almost possible to create a database-like structure using VOOKUPs, HLOOKUPs, which result in "Join"s.
Functions have not only basic operations such as sums, dot products, but also return statistical parameters too. For instance, one time I needed the slope of an array (I actually work as a data scientist and use Excel, too) and there was a function for this. All I need to do was to point out the array and Excel fits a linear regression in background, giving me the slope of it as I needed.
Not only that but availability of VBA extends the functions of Excel even furthermore. For that reason I cannot imagine anything Excel cannot do that one would be able to do on paper and pen.

Cons

As I explained above, I work as a data scientist and I sometimes deal with huge amount of data "BIG DATA". As much as I love working on Excel, unfortunately Excel sometimes cannot handle big data, especiaily if there are millions of rows. That's the only downside of Excel I can think of.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Verified Reviewer

Excel - an all powerful tool

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 02/08/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Overall I love Excel for the variety of inbuilt functions that help you make models. I have heavily used Excel for my Ph.D. research in the last three years, and I can assert that Excel still has new functionalities that I have not discovered yet.

Pros

Excel is one of the most powerful tools that is used daily in Fortune 500 corporations. From simple graphs and tables to complex VLOOKUP functions that I use daily, Excel can be used in home, offices, and schools. I find Excel extremely useful to store and manage data. Excel can handle every large data sets and is very intuitive to conduct simple data analysis and visualize it. I have been using Excel for more than eight years now, and I can vouch for the plethora of functionalities it provides to make our lives easier. From making Pivot Tables to conducting sensitivity analysis in my financial research models, Excel is a one-stop solution for quick modeling work. I have found that sometimes, it is much easier to transform and clean data in Excel rather than writing complex scripts in Python or MATLAB.

Cons

Excel's way of indicating errors in your formulas aren't always helpful to figure out the exact source of error. Plus Excel doesn't have an inbuilt autocorrection to check for spelling errors. You must double-check the spellings in your Excel model/document before sharing it with anyone.

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Value for Money
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Suzanne S.

Often Underappreciated Beyond Offices

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 21/06/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, I think the learning curve on Excel makes many people hesitant to try it unless they see it as necessary for their profession. However, the basics of Excel really doesn't have much of a learning curve. The advanced stuff, yes has a learning curve (though not too bad), but the basics are pretty quick and easy to pick up.

Pros

I use Excel regularly - sometimes for its intended functions like calculations and personal business organization, as well as sometimes just an easy way to keep track of things visually by assigning it different colors and locations. Many of my calculations are quick-and-easy numbers where it's easier to make a quick plot on excel than type everything out on a calculator. Other times I've made very extensive sheets to organize a lot of data and perform calculations for special projects.

I find Excel useful for organizing and presenting data. There is a learning curve to understanding how to program it to perform different functions and calculations, but once you've gotten the hang of it then it is pretty easy to set things up to perform live calculations as you adjust your data. More advanced features include getting cells to change color based on the numbers or letters appearing in either that cell or others. Since I'm a very visual person, color coding is very helpful for me. And of course it is easy to convert your data into charts and graphs.

Cons

When you type a formula incorrectly, excel's error messages aren't always very helpful in understanding what the error is. There is no way to exit out of the cell containing the error without either fixing it or deleting all the text inside and starting over later after you've figured out what you did wrong the first time.

Creating graphs and charts isn't always as intuitive as it could be. Sometimes I've had to struggle a bit to get the data I want to appear along the axis I want in the correct intervals. It would also be nice if the chart would automatically adopt whatever color coding I used in the data cells so that I wouldn't have to manually modify the default colors.

For some of the more advanced functions, the editor can get very clunky. For instance, I did a sheet once where I had it return a different string of text for whichever number in a range was entered. This quickly became a very unwieldy mass of code in a single cell that was difficult to edit in the small text box and caused some lag in the program.

It's also annoying that when using search, I am limited to searching one sheet at a time instead of the whole workbook. I'd like to see more options to customize the location and parameters of my search.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Microsoft Excel Pricing

Starting from
USD 10.00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

Monthly subscription - $9.99

Application stand alone (one-time licence) - $109.99
Microsoft Office bundle (one-time licence) - from $139.99
30 days trial for free.

Microsoft Excel Features

  • Drag & Drop Interface

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Chat
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Commenting
  • Communication Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • File Management
  • Permission Management
  • Projections
  • SSL Security
  • Search Functionality
  • Third Party Integration

Additional information for Microsoft Excel

Key features of Microsoft Excel

  • Chart Formatting Control
  • Easily reformation and rearrangement of data
  • Quick complex analyses with Pivot Table
  • Variety of charts to illustrate data better

Microsoft Excel FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Microsoft Excel.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Microsoft Excel offer?

Microsoft Excel offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: USD 10.00/month

Pricing model: Free, One Time License, Subscription

Free Trial: Not Available

Monthly subscription - $9.99

Application stand alone (one-time licence) - $109.99
Microsoft Office bundle (one-time licence) - from $139.99
30 days trial for free.

Q. What are the main features of Microsoft Excel?

Microsoft Excel offers the following features:

  • Chart Formatting Control
  • Easily reformation and rearrangement of data
  • Quick complex analyses with Pivot Table
  • Variety of charts to illustrate data better

Q. Who are the typical users of Microsoft Excel?

Microsoft Excel has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Microsoft Excel support?

Microsoft Excel supports the following languages:

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

Q. What type of pricing plans does Microsoft Excel offer?

Microsoft Excel has the following pricing plans:

Free, One Time License, Subscription

Q. Does Microsoft Excel support mobile devices?

Microsoft Excel supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Microsoft Excel integrate with?

Microsoft Excel integrates with the following applications:

1CRM, Amity, Celoxis, Insly, Mobile Field Report, NABD System, PipelineDeals, PlanGuru, SAP Roambi, moon

Q. What level of support does Microsoft Excel offer?

Microsoft Excel offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials