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Definition: Excel

A full-featured spreadsheet for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android from Microsoft. Part of the Microsoft Office suite, Excel can link spreadsheets for consolidation and provides a wide variety of business graphics and charts for creating presentation materials. Since its launch in the mid-1980s, Excel captured some 90% of the spreadsheet market, enduring well past VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet, and Lotus 123. For a tutorial on Excel essentials, see XL abc's. See Microsoft Office, VisiCalc and Lotus 1-2-3.