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
Learn about each of the five generations of computers and major technology developments that have led to the current devices that we use today. Read More »Small Business Marketing's Greatest Hits
The following compilation of small business marketing tips highlights some of the expert advice published over at Small Business Computing. Read More »13 Best Free Android Apps
From secure messaging to document editing, our top free must-have apps have been rated, reviewed and named the best free Android apps of 2015. Read More »
With cost and security in mind, we look at five cloud storage options that will suit the needs of most home and SMB owners. Read More »Windows 10 Tips for Desktop PC
Five basic tips to help you customize Windows 10 on your desktop PC. Read More »29 Free Android Apps for Cash-Strapped Students
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 »
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 »