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:

$159.99/one-time

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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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, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian

Pricing starting from:

$159.99/one-time

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Microsoft Excel

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Features

Total features of Microsoft Excel: 14

  • 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
  • Real-time Updates
  • Search/Filter
  • Templates

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Google Sheets

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5
(17,032)
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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Dan O.
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  • Industry: Photography
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

There is a reason Excel is the industry standard

Reviewed on 28/04/2022

I am happy with Excel overall. It helps me keep all different aspects of my life and business...

I am happy with Excel overall. It helps me keep all different aspects of my life and business organized into clean customizable spreadsheets.

Pros

It is fairly easy to use and to learn how to use. It can be used to take information exported from other programs into one universal format. Easy to customize them to the look and format that works for your workflow. I use it for everything from budget spreadsheet to inventory of equipment for photography business, that I can use to keep organized and to send to my insurance company for business insurance.

Cons

Some of the formula and more advanced stuff takes a while to learn. I just take learning Excel a little at a time and it is manageable.

Ajit johnson N.
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  • Industry: Biotechnology
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Excel: The Best Way to Organize Your Data

Reviewed on 19/06/2022

I have had a positive experience with Microsoft Excel. It is a powerful tool that has helped me to...

I have had a positive experience with Microsoft Excel. It is a powerful tool that has helped me to be more efficient and organized in my work. I have used it to create spreadsheets, track data, and perform various calculations. It is user-friendly and has multiple features that make it a valuable tool for anyone who needs to work with a small amount of data.

Pros

I use Excel almost on a daily basis. I like many things about it, but some of my favorite features are the ability to quickly create charts and graphs and the ability to perform quick calculations. I also like the fact that Excel is very user-friendly and with advanced features that are easy to learn.

Cons

Sometimes the auto-formatting can be disadvantageous, for example in my case it auto-formats "Gene Names" into dates.

Alternatives Considered

Numbers

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Excel

Firstly, Excel is a very popular software program and is used by many businesses and individuals (The large user base has made every task one google away). Secondly, Excel is relatively easy to use and has a lot of features and functionality. Finally, Excel is often bundled with other Microsoft Office products, so it may be a more cost-effective option for some users.
Guira wesse T.
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  • Industry: Accounting Software
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 3.0 /10

Complicated to use

Reviewed on 18/06/2022

This software did not really allow me to work as I wanted.

This software did not really allow me to work as I wanted.

Pros

Just the import of the data which is quite simple

Cons

The spreadsheet is difficult to use and you need to have some advanced training to use it comfortably

Eddie L.
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Improved substantially over time, still challenging for collaboration

Reviewed on 05/05/2022

Overall positive in it's ability to run locally with the most robust features, but in an era where...

Overall positive in it's ability to run locally with the most robust features, but in an era where collaboration must happen in real time on the Cloud, it has been frustrating to collaborate. Most fully featured platform though.

Pros

Most robust spreadsheet platform that has the most comprehensive amount of formulas, graphics, pivot tables, and just technical features, runs locally so if you're on the airplane you can still run everything.

Cons

Weak on Cloud and collaboration. You have to log out of the platform for a teammate to make edits. Since team members don't get to work on the project at the same time huge efficiency is lost as some teammates just have to wait until it's their turn whereas Google Sheets you can operate everything at the same time.

Alternatives Considered

Google Sheets

Reasons for Choosing Microsoft Excel

I switch between multiple platforms based on what the people we work with use.

Switched From

Numbers and Google Sheets

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Excel

We use multiple products based on the type our collaborators and clients like to use.
Sergio D.
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  • Industry: Management Consulting
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

A must (if well used)

Reviewed on 24/05/2022

I have been using spreadsheet since Framework (under DOS), up to Lotus 123, Google Sheets and...

I have been using spreadsheet since Framework (under DOS), up to Lotus 123, Google Sheets and Excel: the latter is the last standing, and for a reason.: it sports all the functions you need, and the kitchen sink.
It leads power users to discover its inmost secrets and became Masters of the Universe with its advanced functionality and tricks

Pros

A standard for all your data analysis chores and for organizing information. It requires years of dedication to scratch the surface and enjoy its real, underlying power.

Cons

Somehow overkill if you just need to align strings and numbers; it could lead to the "hammer and nail" syndrome ("when you handle a hammer, everything seems to be a nail"). Could lead to a docu-centric view instead of a data-centric one.

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Microsoft Excel FAQs

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Microsoft Excel offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: $159.99/one-time
  • Pricing model: Free Version
  • 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, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian

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, 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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