Microsoft Excel is one of the most widely used programs in the world of business. It offers users an easy way to quickly organize large amounts of data in spreadsheets. In more recent times, online offerings of the program have taken the world of data organization by storm. Excel Online offers many features that its offline counterpart cannot match.
Excel Online, as opposed to the desktop version, allows for more efficient collaboration on projects, as users are not required to send each other new versions of a file every times they make a change. Instead, the file is saved online and accessible to all. In addition, fears of lost data due to computer failure are mitigated as data is stored in the cloud automatically. Compared with competitors like Google Sheets, Excel Online offers a more complete package in terms of functionality and usability. There are some features in Excel Online that are simply not possible in Google Sheets.
While it is a very powerful spreadsheet editor, Microsoft Excel Online is still not quite as powerful as the offline version of the program. Some of the more advanced features and customizability that users have offline are not present online. In addition, there is limited capacity for storage online. For these reasons, complex data manipulation of very large data sets is often times best to complete offline where there are not limits on data. Because data is stored in the cloud, users are capped in the amount of free data that have. Some users may be off put by the complexity of Excel online and may just be more familiar with the Google platform, so many people opt to do their online spreadsheet work on Google Sheets as opposed to Excel online.