Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is part of the Microsoft Office suite of application, and it's available for both the Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS platforms. Microsoft Excel manages spreadsheet files, and includes the following features: calculations, pivot tables, graphing tools and a macro programming language (Visual Basic for Applications).


  • It features high file compatibility
  • It offers powerful customization
  • The interface is intuitive and easy to use
  • It has a very powerful system of formulas
  • It can handle large amounts of data
  • More users can work together on the same file
  • Provides data protection options


  • Handling large amounts of data requires a powerful PC
  • It's expensive
  • It's compatible only with Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS platforms
  • Attackers can use macros in order to attach viruses to an Excel file


  • Active cell
  • Column headings
  • Formula bar
  • Name box
  • Mouse pointer
  • Row headings
  • Sheet tabs
  • Task Pane
  • Tab scrolling buttons
  • Toolbars


  • 1987 Excel 2.0 for Windows
  • 1990 Excel 3.0
  • 1992 Excel 4.0
  • 1993 Excel 5.0
  • 1995 Excel for Windows 95
  • 1997 Excel 97.
  • 1999 Excel 2000
  • 2001 Excel 2002
  • 2003 Office Excel 2003
  • 2007 Office Excel 2007
  • 2010 Excel 2010
  • 2013 Excel 2013

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