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
It's not just your lawnmower and household tools that your neighbor won't return. Our top picks include everything from updating device firmware... Read More »Interesting Times: Transformation in the IT Channel
Business transformation will remain the buzzword of the moment as channel firms continue to assess the direction of their companies in the age of... Read More »What is a Virtual Private network (VPN)?
Companies and organizations will use a VPN to communicate confidentially over a public network and to send voice, video or data. Read More »
From wacky alarm clocks to lecture hall tools and after class entertainment, these Android apps are a good fit for a student's life and budget. Read More »Network Fundamentals Study Guide
A network is a group of two or more computer systems or devices, linked together to share resources, exchange files and electronic communications.... Read More »Computer Architecture Study Guide
This Webopedia study guide describes the different parts of a computer system and their relations. 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 »