Excel on the web: Microsoft closes the gap on the desktop version

If you haven’t tried Excel on the web in a while, you might be surprised by how many of your demanding spreadsheets will now run on any device with a browser.

There aren’t any Excel desktop features that Microsoft wouldn’t consider building for the web, if customers are using them.  

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Pivot tables, the Office script recorder, extremely large worksheets — you used to need the Windows version of Excel to cope with spreadsheet files that took advantage of Excel’s most powerful features. Increasingly, you can work on them in your browser — and there are few, if any, desktop features that aren’t on the table to bring to the web version of Excel. 

Although the Mac and web versions of Excel may not yet have all the same features as Excel on Windows, they’re no less important, Brian Jones, head of product for Excel, told…

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