Microsoft offers more info on Excel 2013

Microsoft's big reveal this week was Office 2013, the next version of its popular software productivity suite. One of the many application in any form of Office is the Excel spreadsheet program. In a new company blog post, Microsoft goes over some of what Excel 2013 users can expect.

The blog post states that one of the goals of the Excel team was to make the program easier to learn and use. Microsoft states Excel 2013 will offer users some more guidance in actually operating its many features. Microsoft says, "Features like Quick Analysis, Flash Fill, Chart Recommendations, and PivotTable Recommendations are examples of this type of guidance."

Excel 2013 is also supposed to have more and better business intelligence features. The blog post states that PowerPivot has been integrated into the new Excel 2013. It adds:

We’ve also included new analysis capabilities like Quick Explore, Timeline slicers, PowerPivot and Power View – yes, PowerPivot and Power View now come with Excel and integrate with the Excel experience – in the client and in the Web App via SharePoint and Excel Services.

Microsoft will also allow Excel 2013 users to download and/or purchase new third party apps that will work with the program. Finally, Excel users will have more of an opportunity to use the software on other platforms, including tablets and via a web browser. Microsoft promises to give more information on their "Excel Everywhere" features in their next Excel 2013 blog post.

Source: Excel blog | Image via Microsoft

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