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Greetings again. A little while ago, I was excited to share with you the new functionality that we made available to all Excel Web users on SkyDrive and Office365. This is part of our commitment to make the Office Web Applications a comprehensive productivity experience (not just a companion to the desktop applications), allowing you to create polished Office documents from start to finish, all from the web.
We’ve made a number of investments in the Office Web Apps over the last two years, adding features each release*:
* This is just a sampling of the features we've added over the last several releases.
Hopefully you'll agree that the functionality we've been adding is useful, and among the most important for us to add to Excel Web App. The investments we’ve made have been informed by the feedback customers like you provide on what's most important. When you offer your input, we do our best to listen and get those features into the product as quickly as we can.
Today, I'm excited to talk through how we go about deciding which features to add next as well as some of the items that we've currently got on our list.
One of the great things about Excel is that it can do many different things - from simple lists to complex BI/financial models. Of course, this means that when we build a new version of Excel for the Web, or for a mobile device, we can't get everything into the new version all at once; we have to prioritize. Our methodology for prioritizing includes looking at data from several different sources every few months. They include:
Every few months, we take these inputs, score each feature based on them, and then build up a formula - in Excel :) - that ranks the features in terms of importance. Of course, we still apply a bit of internal ordering and weighting (for engineering efficiency, or to align with other Office initiatives, etc.), but for the most part, we work down the list based on real customer data (your feedback!). In the end, we have something like this (but not exactly this):
Feature Importance = (Competitive Standing) * (Weight X) + (SkyDrive Feedback) * (Weight Y) + (Office 365 Feedback) * (Weight Z) + (Usage Data) * (Weight P) + (Internal Factors) * (Weight R)
Now that you've got some background, here are some of the items that are currently on our list. Note that this isn't in any order; I've just taken a bunch of the items near the top of the list, because I don't want to imply that you'll necessarily see one of these before any other. (Each one takes a different amount of time to develop, and we work on many things in parallel.)
Adding and Editing Freeze Panes (they are already viewable) Adding and Editing Comments (they are already viewable) Android Tablet Support Editing Files with VBA Chart Editing Viewing, Moving, and Resizing Shapes Loading XLS files in O365 (already works in SkyDrive) Print to PDF WEBSERVICE Functions Common Keyboard Shortcuts Custom Sort a Range (sort on multiple columns) Insert an Image Hide/Unhide Rows & Columns Reorder Sheets Show Aggregates for the Selected Range in the Statusbar Rename a Spreadsheet from within Web Excel Drag and Drop Cells in a Sheet Protect Sheets from Being Edited by Others Insert and Modify Apps for Office
I hope you'll agree with me that this is a SUPER exciting list of features that we've got in the backlog for Excel Web App. As these are released, we'll go a long way to making Excel Web App an awesome productivity experience for working with data.
Of course, this may not be exactly the list of things that you'd like to see in Excel Web - and that's where you can help us. The survey below is a great place for you to provide feedback that we will use to tweak the list of things we're working on. If you feel that something on our list is particularly important, or that we're missing something very important from our list - please let us know!
Take our survey to let us know what you would like to see next in Web Excel!
While its not for excel, if you could add equation support to the OneNote (really all of them) web, that would be great. It doesn't have to even be editable, just being able to view my math notes for example would be fantastic.
Thanks , Excel is the best number one, signed bouhedli
Run a spreadsheet with VBA on the web
@alecberg - actually running VBA on the web is a tricky proposition, and it's unlikely that we're going to be doing that in the near future. But, a lot of times, a workbook that contains VBA doesn't need the VBA all the time, and in those cases, we are planning to allow you to make changes to the spreadsheet and we'll make sure the VBA stays in tact!
I'd like to throw in my 2 cents with a request to bump up the priority for making all updates available in Excel Web App on-premises promptly. It's been 3 months since you delivered Freeze Panes functionality for Skydrive, and that was clearly a much requested feature, but afaik it's still not available for Excel Web App on-premises. Thanks!