Full desktop class for Excel on iPad please
iPad Pro has become a very powerful piece of hardware. The recent iPadOS has also bring it closer to become a real laptop replacement. I'm one of Office 365 users and I'm using both my Windows desktop/laptop and my iPad Pro during travelling as it's easy to bring along with long battery lasting. I'm an Accountant, so most of my tasks involves with Excel, and Excel on iPad sucks, it lacks so many features and we cannot even open multi instances of Excel even on the newly released iPadOS. iPadOS now has desktop class Safari browser, it would be really nice and beneficial if Excel has a desktop class version for iPad.
It is down to the serious deficiencies between Desktop and Office 365 on IPad that led me to cancel my subscriptions for 365. I now use Numbers, which whilst not as good a product does not leave me feeling short-changed
The Hedge Fairy commented
Back in 1991 I learnt to use computers with an apple mac portable box - as far as I can recall its capacity and memory was tiny compared to todays gadgets. Excel fitted onto a standard square disc and it had all the key commands and you could open multiple spreadsheets.
WHY OH WHY is it such a problem to have a fully functional excel 30 years on?. . . . .
Can you confirm whether full desktop Excel is available on the new 2021 ipad pro m1 chip, Microsoft representative? Tx
joseph m. newcomer commented
It is user-hostile, irresponsible, and stupid to not deliver full-functionality on every platform. I am hurt by the screwed-up graph capabilities. Only a moron would consider it a bright idea to cripple products. Word is another example. Office on the iPad is clearly the result of a set of ego games by managers and programmers who should, in any sane world, be fired for incompetence.
John Campbell commented
An application as “de facto” as Excel is these days has no excuse not to be nearly full featured on the ipad. The fact it is not indicates that produce management is purposefully holding it back. The number of features lacking is inexcusable.
Michael Brodt commented
So, I just did a quick once-over comparing Excel on my Mac with Excel on my iPad, and I found the following features missing:
Text to Column
Create from selection
Get External Data
Text to Columns
Always Open Read Only
Save Custom Views
Page Break View
Page Layout View
Now, I can understand if some of the more esoteric features are not there yet, but basics such as pivot tables, advanced filtering, data validation should be in there. I can understand if some of these require more power than some phones out there, but the iPad is more than powerful enough to handle these features, even iPads 2 generations back.
I'm sure I'm missing some other features that are on the Windows version but not Mac. I know Forms is one of them. The lack of feature parity is infuriating from even an every day use. I have to jump back and forth between mobile, web, and my Mac just to get my tasks done.
PLEASE standardize these feature sets to give us a consistent user experience from a functionality standpoint, optimized for the platform we are working on.
Why are you not replying to so many comments of the inferiority of excel without printable grid lines?
Agreed. I can get more feature parity using Apple’s FREE Numbers app but not with the application I pay YEARLY to use....sad
Anna igoe commented
So disappointing that you can’t use excel to the fullest potential on the iPad. Verrrrrry annoying
Please Microsoft do this, make it more advanced, along with outlook also
It’s finally here. I am on the beta and multiple spreadsheets is now available. It might be public before the COVID vaccine after all ;).
Samuele Tosi commented
I signed today for the 30 day of evaluation, after 10 minutes I can say I have to cancel it because I can do nothing from here.
I need to work on csv (and I have to save it in another format)
Make text to columns (and it is not possible)
Change cell format
open a second instance of excel to copy formulas from
I can do nothing of these!
Lynnor Pinca commented
yes you are right it would have been better for me to wait for the new samsung tab s7+ because wps on android works better than excel on ipad and its free on android while you need to pay excel on your ipad what a shame.
Marjorie Nishan commented
I agree. Excel needs to be workable on iPad!
Ditto. I just wonder if Microsoft is just basking in the glory of its ever rising share price instead of working on giving people what they need and need it Today.. Mobile devices is the “present” and “future” so give us the fully featured Office products on mobile devices. So it is time that Microsoft wakes up and wakes up now. It will be a shame if Microsoft will become another Nokia.
I don’t want to take iPad and laptop to the library at the same time. Please listen to the subscribers.
PLEASE ADD THE FILE TAB SO I CAN FINE MY MARGIN SETTINGS!
Its been over a year since Excel was demoed on the ipad handling multiple sheets and it has yet been delivered
Ivy Agyeiwaa Amponsah commented
I strongly agree