When you need to collaborate with a team or access Excel documents when you’re not at your desktop, the O365 Excel app could be just right for you.
Microsoft’s cloud-based applications, known as O365, offer the same reliable programs, accessible from any device with an internet connection. Excel, the second most popular Microsoft program, is no exception.
Excel online and Excel for your desktop are both used to calculate data, create charts, filter information, develop reports and more. Most features of the program are available to users through both versions, and there are some differences, but here’s why some people may prefer Excel online:
- Greater collaboration – Since it’s cloud-based, you can work with others on the same document, at the same time. This is, hands-down, the biggest reason why people use any O365 application instead of the desktop version.
- Native-format compatible – this means whatever file type you save online can also be run in your desktop version of Excel.
- Price – Excel online is FREE! It’s essentially Microsoft’s answer to Google Sheets, a free web-based platform. To access Excel Online, go to Excel Online’s portal, sign-up for a personal account or use your O365 network account to sign in.
- Use only basic functions – if you’re not using advanced functions, then the online version is great for you.
Just like Word for O365, no matter which version you choose to use, you’ll be able to create, edit and share worksheets with ease. Give it a try by going to OSSIE and clicking on the icon in the upper left-hand corner of the page (referred to as the ‘waffle’) to launch Excel and the other O365 applications.