Let’s start with some “big” news …

Greetings.  My name is David Gainer, and I am the Group Program Manager for Microsoft Excel.  Starting today, I am joining several other members of the Microsoft Office team in sharing information about the upcoming release of Microsoft Office.  Specifically, I am going to be writing about what is new in Excel 12 (that’s a working title, not an official name).  The Excel team is very excited about the product we are building, and I am looking forward to being able to talk about all the great work the team has been doing publicly.  I plan to write this blog from now until around the general availability of Office 12, and I am hoping to talk in some depth about all the different features we have added to Excel 12.  As things unfold, I look forward to reading your comments and hearing suggestions on what would you would like to read about. 

With that said, let’s finish this initial post with some discussion of a feature. 

Probably the most common question the Excel team gets from our customers is “when are you going to add more rows/more columns/more rows and more columns.  There are many different scenarios behind these requests.  Some customers want to be able to analyze more data than Excel has rows, some customers want to track more daily information than Excel has columns, and other customers want to perform matrix math on large matrices of thousands of elements.  There are plenty of other scenarios too.  Well, the answer to the question is in Excel. Specifically, the Excel 12 grid will be 1,048,576 rows by 16,384 columns.  That is 1,500% more rows and 6,300% more columns than in Excel 2003, and for those of you that are curious, columns now end at XFD instead of IV. 

This is an exciting feature for us, because it is a feature that helps a very broad range of our customers, and we are looking forward to seeing what folks create with a bigger grid.

Of course, rows and columns aren’t the only things customers have been asking for more of.  Next time, I will review all of the other places where Excel 12 gives you more.