Microsoft Excel is one of the most popular spreadsheet apps in the world, which makes it one of the most useful apps for both personal and professional use going. To keep Excel on top, Microsoft constantly works to update it with new features but, in the same vein, the tech giant will also strip away older features too if they are deemed to be no longer necessary. This is exactly the case here as we bring you news of three features Microsoft is stripping away from Excel.
It is worth mentioning here that these changes only relate to Microsoft 365 users, which is the subscription model Microsoft offers access to its productivity suite. If you have purchased a license to a definitive version of Excel or Office, these changes won’t affect you.
The first feature Microsoft is cutting from Excel is Money. The Money feature allows users to securely sync all of their bank’s data with a spreadsheet, creating unique spreadsheets of users’ financial information automatically. Microsoft announced in an Office support post that the feature will stop live syncing data on June 30 2023. Frustratingly, Microsoft is ending the Money feature so it can focus more on its Tiller feature, which offers more features than Money alone, but comes with an additional premium subscription.
Another feature to go is the use of Wolfram Data Types, which were added due to a partnership with Wolfram a few years ago. Microsoft is going to focus on in-house data types from here on out. The final thing that Microsoft is cutting is access to partner offers. This means that if you sign up for any third-party offers, come June 30 next year you may no longer be able to access them.
It is important for Microsoft to keep the world’s flagship spreadsheet app up to date and this also means cutting away features that may no longer be popular and so go underused. It will be interesting to see whether many users will kick up a fuss over losing these features. For a full rundown of what Microsoft Excel is capable of check out our Microsoft Excel review.