Excel 2010 is coming. While it won’t revolutionize finance as we know it, there are several things to keep in mind if your firm is thinking about an upgrade.
Microsoft recently released the highly anticipated program for a technical preview, and here’s what we know so far:
Depending on what version of the program your company is using now, an upgrade may take some getting used to.
Organizations using Excel 2007 should be able to make a seamless switch; those using Excel 2003 may take longer to get used to the 2010 model.
The new spreadsheet program’s main benefit is boosting mobile capacities for users. But even if finance staffers are only going to be using Excel 2010 on their PCs, there are a few upgrades that can make people’s jobs easier.
For example, users will have the ability to customize the infamous Ribbon by adding or removing tabs.
A brand new feature for Excel 2010: Sparklines (Also available to add to Excel 2007 & 2003 by free third party add-in).
The latest version of Excel will allow users to create charts within cells, which will allow them to track trends with a single spreadsheet row.
The effect: Sparklines can be a huge asset for firms looking to increase accountability and decrease unnecessary costs.
We’ll keep you posted on additional features as we get wind of them (Microsoft will be releasing additional info on Excel in small chunks).