Microsoft Word is part of the Office suite of productivity products by Microsoft. Excel is what is known as a spreadsheet application. In the days before spreadsheets, columns of numbers were calculated on sheets of paper, all addition, subtraction etc. were done manually by the user. When the demand for more technical advancement in spreadsheets grew, Microsoft introduced Excel. The earlier versions of Microsoft Excel were very simple but many improvements were made in the later versions. As of Feb. 2007, the latest version for PCs is Microsoft Excel 2007.
edit Microsoft Excel 2007
Microsoft Excel 2007 has extended the possibilities and simplified the overall working experience. The design and looks have been completely changed. The new results-oriented look of Office Excel 2007 brings to your work area the tools you need and only the tools you need to complete what you’re trying to create, analyze, or illustrate in your worksheet. It offers many new exciting features like: new view for better printing, create spreadsheets better and faster, gain access to new templates, implementing charts, new office shapes and artwork, etc.
Some of the new exciting features of Microsoft Excel 2007 are mentioned below:
- New better printing view -- The new version of Microsoft Excel provides you with the ability to look at your workbook in a better view before printing. With just a click of mouse you can change the layout of your page according to the choices available like webpage, print layout, full screen, etc. Also, you can set the margins of the page. This makes your printing accurate and much better by elimination the guesswork.
- Create new spreadsheets better and faster -- With Microsoft Excel 2007, it is very easy to create new spreadsheets and also you can choose from a number of templates available for your specific needs. The spreadsheets created by Microsoft Excel 2007 are much better and faster as compared to previous version of Microsoft Excel. Also, you can give your workbook a more professional design and look with the help of formatting and styles presented in Microsoft Excel.
- New office shapes and Artworks -- Microsoft Excel 2007 introduced many new office shapes for its users. Now, working with art and shapes is very simple and a number of shapes are available to choose from. The new arts and shapes provided in the application provide professional looks and eye catching design to your documents.
- Implementing charts in workbook -- Now you can implement charts in your workbook and get more detailed information about your spreadsheets. It also helps you to present your data in a more meaningful manner and allows you to communicate the numerous stories of your data visually and more quickly.
edit Hardware Requirements for Microsoft Excel 2007
Before you think of installing Microsoft Excel 2007, you need to make sure that your computer meets the following requirements as suggested by Microsoft:
|Processor||500 MHz||more than 500 MHz|
|Memory||256 MB||512 MB or higher|
|Hard Disk||1.5 GB of available space||1.5 GB of available space|
|Video||Resolution of 1024 X 768 or higher||Resolution of 1024 X 768 or higher|
edit Macintosh Versions
The Macintosh version of Microsoft Excel (and the entire Microsoft Office Suite) currently stands at Office 2004. These roughly correspond with the Mac equivalents of the Microsoft Office from 2003. It was announced at the January 2007 Macworld Expo that Mac users would have a new version of the Microsoft Office Suite (tentatively called Office 2008) by the second half of 2007.
edit The Microsoft Office Suite
Microsoft Office contains many tools for business and personal productivity. These include a word processor (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), database management software (Access), and software for making dynamic presentations (PowerPoint).