What is Microsoft Excel? - Explained

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1. What is Microsoft Excel?

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft Inc. Microsoft Excel does provide capability to it's users to make simple and complex calculations, graph generating tools, pivot tables and etc...

Microsoft Excel is a widely used software application throughout the world for different types of scenarios and tasks. Starting from the accounting firms, individuals who wants to do the monthly accounts for their income expenses, governments to perform mathematics analysis and etc...

Microsoft Excel is a flexible software application to use and it's flexibility has made the users to use in different application with or without ad-ons and plugins.

2. History

Microsoft Excel was initially released on 30th September 1985 focusing on the Mac OS. In the initial releases of the Microsoft Excel software application, there were basic functionalities were available in addition to the user defined equations and etc...

3. Versions

There are multiple releases of the Microsoft Excel software applications were released by the Microsoft Inc focusing on different operating systems which were available in the market and which were used by the users.

3.1 Microsoft Excel releases for Mac OS

The initial release of the Microsoft Excel was released to used in the Mac OS in 1985. Since the initial release of Microsoft Excel there were 13 releases which were published by the Microsoft Inc focusing on the Mac OS for Microsoft Excel.

Version CodeVersion NameYear of Release
1.0Excel 11985
1.5Excel 1.51988
2.2Excel 21989
3.0Excel 31990
4.0Excel 41992
5.0Excel 51993
8.0Excel 981998
9.0Excel 20002000
10.0Excel 20012001
11.0Excel 20042004
12.0Excel 20082008
14.0Excel 20112011
16.0Excel 20162016

3.2 Microsoft Excel releases for Windows OS

The initial release of Microsoft Excel was released on 1987 focusing the Microsoft Windows Operating system platform and to focusing the users who are using the Microsoft Windows Operating System platform majorly.

Version CodeVersion NameYear of Release
2.0Excel 21987
3.0Excel 31990
4.0Excel 41992
5.0Excel 51993
7.0Excel 951995
8.0Excel 971997
9.0Excel 20002000
10.0Excel 20022002
11.0Excel 20032003
12.0Excel 20072007
14.0Excel 20102010
15.0Excel 20132013
16.0Excel 20162016

3.3 Microsoft Excel releases for OS/2

Microsoft Inc released three releases of the Microsoft Excel focusing on the OS/2 platform.


Version CodeVersion NameYear of Release
2.2Excel 2.21989
2.3Excel 2.31990
3.0Excel 31991