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    Thanks for all of the votes – the team has definitely taken notice of the activity around this issue. We moved to SDI as a result of customer requests, but it looks like we’ve got work to do to really nail the use cases people care about. From a read over the comments, I see a number of cases that we will want to investigate further as we think through MDI vs SDI. We’ll get someone from the team to take a deeper look, and we may reach out to some of you for more clarification as we go. Thanks again for all the voting and passion here!

    John, Excel

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    Mimi commented  · 

    Don't forget....

    Here is a chance to vote a second time… and maybe get a response!

    Please vote here:

    https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/36927430-here-s-an-idea-respond-to-our-comments-provide

    Mimi commented  · 

    Mary, thanks for that info about 2019. It seals the deal for me. Officially starting my search for an Excel alternative that is more linked workbook friendly.

    Mimi commented  · 

    I think we need more votes! This issue is in the top 10. there are others with more votes not being addressed. I have reposted a link to this forum both at Facebook and LinkedIn requesting votes. Let's vote this one up a few notches!

    Mimi commented  · 

    Doug, I have Excel 2010 running with Office 2016. IT had to install 2010 and uninstall everything except Excel and also install 2016 and uninstall Excel. This seems to be working with few glitches but I don't know about 365.

    Alan Odom, I would like to publish your list of the most serious flaws at my LinkedIn page, with your permission.

    Mimi commented  · 

    I just voted on the locked thread at the MS forum.
    I think the change will come when larger corporations add up the cost of converting to SDI. If MS doesn't resolve the problem they created, there is room for other spreadsheets to step in.

    Mimi commented  · 

    @Mike, please provide more info on the platform you are using--computer/laptop brand, windows version, office version. I would LOVE to have that .reg file if it would work for me! can you download it to a thumb drive?

    Mimi commented  · 

    Aaron Potter, welcome to the sheet **** of Excel beyond 2010. Not sure why you weren't getting the separate windows on 365 ProPlus; I do not have that version. I am not aware of any work around this which is why we all voted to make it an option rather than the only way Excel works.

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    John at Excel, any news? this is still a deal breaker issue for us!

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    Alan Odom, I had my IT reinstall 2010. I was literally unable to do my job in 2016 or 2013 Excel, that is how much this has impacted me. (they installed the complete office 2010, then removed everything except Excel.) I have the next 2 years to research viable alternatives to Excel. I peeked at Google sheets and it looks very similar to Excel. I have few macros and could live without them or redo them if they are not compatible. I do hope Google is paying attention as this is definitely opportunity knocking.

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    DC, my IT folks installed full versions of Office 2010 and office 2016, then removed all the components not used. so Excel was the survivor in the 2010 install and the one removed from the 2016 install. it seems to work with few hiccups. I believe I have windows 7.

    Mimi commented  · 

    it's NOT a matter of learning something new. In the past, I have looked forward to Excel updates since it meant improvements that made my job easier. This issue is just one of the many horrible things that don't work in Excel 2016. Autosave is also big problem with multiple workbook linked models. In my case, Excel gobbled up more and more private memory and froze 10+ times a day. I lost so much work! IMO MS shoved this edition out before it was ready and are still fixing serious bugs in it today, 5 years later. if 2019 isn't any better, I will be switching to something else when my 2010 support runs out. there ARE other spreadsheet products out there.

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    If you have commented here and not voted, please login and vote!
    If anyone has any news of this topic from elsewhere, please share.

    Mimi commented  · 

    Great perspective, David Portwood, and I agree. I was never so frustrated in my work as I was when I had Excel 2013 and 2016. I see many of us migrating away from Excel if Microsoft continues with SDI. Not sure exactly when Office 2019 is due to be released but we shall see if MDI returns. We are getting no response right now from MS here or elsewhere.

    Mimi commented  · 

    Hey Everyone, please continue to raise this issue by upvoting Alan Odom's Feedback here. 2010 support ends in 2020!

    https://aka.ms/AA1hlqb

    Mimi commented  · 

    Guys, I looked it up. Microsoft is supporting 2010 through 2020. Good enough for me. if they aren't going to roll back to MDI, then they need to resolve the many issues we are all having in trying to use it. and fix the **** memory leak! both 2013 and 2016 had them, using my work configurations. we have a TON of corp loaded malware and virus protections as well as web blocking, email add-ins to report suspicious emails, etc. the leak is what caused my Excels to freeze, using exponentially more memory as the days passed until I couldn't work 10 minutes.

    Mimi commented  · 

    Joy of joys, today I rolled back to Excel 2010! After fighting daily with Excel 2016, then 2013, for the last 7 weeks, I am looking forward to being productive again. Both newer versions are unsuitable for large, multi-workbook models. These last 2 “updates” caused me so much frustration and lost work! I am over-the-moon happy to be using 2010 again.
    Microsoft, are you listening to the users on this SDI issue? Are you addressing this with the 2019 version? Will the memory leak problem be fixed in 2019? Bueller?.... Bueller?.... Bueller?....

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    Just used Windows + F to provide direct feedback to MS on this issue since they are ignoring all the votes here. Let's flood them with feedback!

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    the lack of response is ridiculous.

    Mimi commented  · 

    David Portwood, you hit the nail on the head. so many of my models are now nearly unusable since I can't open more than a few workbooks at a time. Further, my IT dept found Excel 2016 unstable in our systems and rolled me back to 2013. (I asked, they wouldn't roll me back to 2010 which would be my preference.) Doesn't help with this issue but at least I can work more than 5 minutes without Excel freezing.
    MICROSOFT: SDI has been around 5 years already, and users are still having HUGE problems with it. This is not a slight blip on the way to a future bliss. This product needs to be fixed!

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    David, I couldn't agree more with your big mess statement!! I'm ready to ditch 2016 and go back to 2010 over this new "feature".

    Mimi commented  · 

    It seems to me that Microsoft has figured out how to do MDI and SDI. Why not make it an option to work either way? could be a checkbox in the app, or if that is too cumbersome, then an option on install.

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    I have multi workbook models that do not fair well in the SDI environment. I've crashed it several times since it was installed last week--minimum 1X a day but usually more. my computer memory is maxed out and I run Windows 10 and have an SSD drive.

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    Mimi commented  · 

    OK folks, try voting on this open issue.
    Restore MDI file handling (open all files in one window); Kill SDI (each spreadsheet opens in a seperate window)

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    We’d love to get samples of these workbooks that are crashing, along with steps that cause them to crash. Until then, there’s not much we can do without more data.

    If you have such a workbook, please create a new idea entitled “I have a workbook that crashes, which I want to send you” and I’ll get back to you with an email address where you can send it so we can take a look and fix the problem.

    Thanks!
    Dan [MS]

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    Mimi commented  · 

    Why, Kenneth Jones? what benefit are separate windows to you? I am very curious! I find them a HUGE PAIN. I have a lot of multi workbook linked models. each is far too large to combine with another.

    There is a big vote to return to single instance and a lot fo discussion on this forum. https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/11706627-restore-mdi-file-handling-open-all-files-in-one-w?tracking_code=5c0e4436ff31a331b39feaadba564772

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    Mimi commented  · 

    William Forbes, I had the same problem with both 2013 and 2016 and it IS ridiculous. I "solved" it by rolling back to Excel 2010 (supported through 2020). I highly recommend this, you will go crazy. I sure hope to heck Microsoft fixes Excel in the 2019 version! Some problems I and others have seen: It takes sharable memory and doesn't release it. There is no way to turn off autosave. It clashes with my SmartView/Essbase (Hyperion add-in) so I had to manually turn it on and off when I wanted to use it. Copy and paste between workbooks is a problem for many. Tiling workbooks is useless (menus from each workbook take up all the space.) etc. etc., I could go on. Macro developers are furious.
    I have large, multi-workbook models. Someone mentioned Google sheets as an alternate if Excel doesn't improve. I peeked at it and it looked promising. I may need to look into it further if support runs out and Excel is still problematic.

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    Hi all,

    I’m happy to announce that your input has had another direct impact on the product. In this case, a decision has been made to have Power Pivot be available in all Windows editions (“SKUs”) of Excel! This means the Business, Home, Standard, etc.. all of these will have Power Pivot. As your comments have indicated, Power Pivot has moved from targeting a specialized audience to generally useful capability for working with data in spreadsheets. As such, it makes sense to make this as broadly available as possible.

    We have started rolling this change out with the April Current Channel updates (Builds 9330 and beyond). I’m also happy to announce that these SKU changes will be reflected on the upcoming 2019 version as well.

    Thank you for pushing for this!

    Ashvini Sharma
    PM Manager
    Excel

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