In Short

Excel is Microsoft's spreadsheet application that is found in its Office suite. With Excel, you can create not only basic spreadsheets, but a whole variety of other charts, graphs and tables as well. The basic idea behind the program is that it uses a grid of cells that are arranged in numbered rows and lettered columns. You can input data into these cells as you wish, and then apply a variety of formulas, sorting criteria and much more to manipulate the data as you need.

On the surface, it looks to be a basic application, but it can be as basic or as complex as you need it to be. Whether you need to just do basic information keeping, or output data into charts and tables, Excel is the processing powerhouse of the Office suite.

Over the years, as users needs have grown, Excel has added the ability handle significantly more information. In the past, it handled only 16384 rows of information, and it is now over 1 million. Excel is available on both Windows and Mac computers, as well Windows Phone, Android and iOS devices.