“Quick Reaction to Excel 2013”

July 17, 2012 at 9:46 am 3 comments

I was recently asked for my opinion of the “modern” Excel 2013. Appearance aside, I see two thrusts in this release:

A) For the complete Excel rookie, the data lens and flash fill, plus “suggested” pivot tables and charts.

B) for the Excel guru, they’ve made PowerPivot native, added PowerView, plus a nice Timeline slicer for pivot tables, 69 new formula functions, including some that will retrieve data from a web service. The IsFormula and FormulaText functions will make conditional formatting of formulas easy now.

The Excel Apps concept will make everyone in between happy. I am happy with the release – I am trying to think through a 9 minute summary video to post on YouTube and I am not sure I can get everything in.

The appearance? I don’t like it. But I can work in Excel with my eyes closed. I can live with any “modern” look they throw at me. The new look will make it easier to “touch” Excel on the forthcoming tablet, so I can live with it.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sami  |  July 17, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Great!!! Cant wait for that 🙂

  • 2. Orlando Mezquita  |  July 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Bill,

    Where can I get a list of the new functions on Excel 2013?


  • 3. Ron  |  April 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I’d love a list of those new functions too if possible. Just getting around to 2013 as we speak.


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