Will Excel for Mac 2016 utilize multiple cores on Mac?
Excel for Mac now has multi-threaded calculation, as of the release of version 16.9 on 18-Jan-2018. To update, go to Help > Check for updates. Thanks for all of your comments and support for this feature.
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Thanks – Steve K [MS Excel]
Multi-core support is incredibly important for general performance. Excel uses its own clipboard system, from what I gather, and even in a decent machine it's common enough to have pauses of a few seconds when copying. Changes that require heavy calculations become very slow, and looking at Activity Monitor I can see a core maxed out and another 7 sitting idle. It's really noticeable with big spreadsheets (still less than 100MB in size as xlsx) or when scripting Excel.
I would allocate every vote you gave me for this. Just upgraded to a new i7 iMac and Excel 2016. Performance is better, but nothing like is could be when I'm only using a single core.
Definitely required on OSX. I have to boot up a VM just to handle large spreadsheets. Completely kills the battery and is horrible from a user perspective. I shouldn't have to use a VM to reliably handle a spreadsheet.
I use a somewhat complicated spreadsheet for work, and when using Mac Excel had to disable auto calculate on every sheet or it would take me ~1 minute every time I changed a cell. I ended up running Windows in a VM in order to work, just for Excel. Performance in a VM is way higher than on the native OS and that is fairly ridiculous. Please add multi-core calculation, without it it is impossible to use Excel on Mac for anything beyond extremely basic sheets.
This needs to happen...excel on the mac just won't be viable for me without it.
Any update on when this will be implemented? Please let us know
Renju Mohandas commented
This is probably the most important thing. I'm surprised that in 2015 Excel Mac uses only one core. Please help prioritize this. Thank You
Mike H commented
Large spreadsheets are horribly slow. It's faster to use Excel for Windows via emulation than 2016 natively. Please take advantage of multiple cores, 64-bit, etc. to improve this area. Nice UI is lost if too slow to be productive.
Dan Battagin [MS XL] commented
Calc is still limited to one core with Mac Excel 2016. We'd love to hear feedback on how important multi-core calc is compared to other feature requests we're receiving in UserVoice. Vote this one up if it's important.
Huy Anh Le commented
Excel 2016 does no utilize more than 1 processor. It is so slow compared to Excel 2013 for PC. Fix it now!!!