PC Magazine highlights some of new collaboration, portability, and other features for the newly released 2016 version of Microsoft Excel spreadsheet


Users of recent versions of Excel will find nothing to scare them off in Microsoft Office 2016. In fact, the leading spreadsheet application looks nearly identical to its 2013 predecessor, but there are deep and important differences when it comes to collaboration and mobile use.

Microsoft’s Director of Office 365 Commercial Communications, Alex Bradley, gave us a tour of the new features at a recent press event in New York. The newly built Excel 2016 is consistent across PC, Mac, Web, and mobile devices running Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile operating systems. Users on any of these platforms will be able to co-edit documents, which can be shared after they’ve been saved to OneDrive or SharePoint. During collaboration, you’ll see other people’s edits highlighted and marked by a flag that can optionally display their names.

Another highlight of Excel 2016 is the Tell Me box, which now makes a showing in all of the suite’s apps. This is a search box right at the top, even above the (hide-able) ribbon, which can take you right to a command, replacing the need to hunt through icons or menu choices to get to the tool you need.