Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program included in the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Spreadsheets present tables of values arranged in rows and columns that can be manipulated mathematically using both basic and complex arithmetic operations and functions.
In addition to its standard spreadsheet features, Excel also offers programming support via Microsoft's Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), the ability to access data from external sources via Microsoft’s Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE), and extensive graphing and charting capabilities.
Microsoft Excel Release History
Microsoft Excel was first released for Macintosh systems in 1985, followed by the first Windows version in 1987. The following is a list of Excel releases for Windows:
Excel 2.0 (1987)
Excel 3.0 (1990)
Excel 4.0 (1992) - Included in Microsoft Office 3.0
Excel 5.0 (1993) - Included in Microsoft Office 4.0
Excel 95 (1995) - Included in Microsoft Office 95
Excel 97 (1997) - Included in Microsoft Office 97
Excel 2000 (2000) - Included in Microsoft Office 2000
Excel 2002 (2002) - Included in Microsoft Office XP
Excel 2003 (2003) - Included in Microsoft Office 2003
Excel 2007 (2007) - Included in Microsoft Office 2007
Excel 2010 (2010) - Included in Microsoft Office 2010
Excel 2013 (2013) - Included in Microsoft Office 2013
The future remains, well, cloudy. But either way: Amazon, look out. Microsoft is gaining fast. Read More »Hype Versus Action in the Developer's World
Often times technologies start as hype but with time become adopted. As a developer or technologist, it is worth reading the hype and knowing the... Read More »Microsoft Hyper-V Network Virtualization Q&A
The top 5 Hyper-V questions with answers provided by Nirmal Sharma, a MCSEx3, MCITP and Microsoft MVP in Directory Services. Read More »
Webopedia Polls: Is iPhone 6 or iWatch on your list? Read More »How to Create a Desktop Shortcut to a Website
This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a desktop shortcut to a website using Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer (IE). Read More »Flash Data Storage Vendor Trends
Although it is almost impossible to keep up with the pace of ongoing product releases, here are three recent highlights in the flash data storage... Read More »
Stay up to date on the latest developments in Internet terminology with a free weekly newsletter from Webopedia. Join to subscribe now.
- Watch Datamation's editor James Maguire moderate roundtable discussions with tech experts from companies such as Accenture, Dell, Blue Jeans Network, Microsoft and more »