Enterprise Applications: Excel 2011 Pushes the Envelope

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2010-11-03 Print this article Print
Excel 2011 Pushes the Envelope

Excel 2011 Pushes the Envelope

by P. J. Connolly
Excel 2011 for Mac focuses on compatibility and sharing and offers many new features, in common with the new versions of Word and PowerPoint. Excel 2011 provides better adherence to Excel for Windows in financial, mathematical and statistical areas and date calculations; includes the return of Visual Basic for Applications; and adds the ability to use the Microsoft SkyDrive service or a SharePoint server for document sharing. The Formula Bar has finally found a proper home, after wandering around the user interface for the last few releases. The miniature charts provided by the Sparklines feature can dress up a worksheet while providing an at-a-glance view of how figures relate to their neighbors. Excel 2011 also includes automatic repair of corrupt or damaged files, and its improved information rights management functions allow fine-grained control over how files can be distributed, when used with IRM-aware platforms such as Windows Server 2008, Office for Windows and Exchange.
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at pjc@eweek.com.

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