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    Anonymous commented  · 

    Co-authoring is fine if you are working in real time. But what about us international workers? I have very complex workbooks people are collaborating on, but I am not sitting at my desk 24 hours a day to watch my computer like TV to watch changes in real time.

    Even for co-authoring, we need to be able to view the changes made by author, by time period, etc. OneNote's History is great, and is what Excel needs! That way, I put the file out there, and people around the world can still co-author, but when I come back into the file/office, I can see what was on done in China, Germany, Poland, etc. by highlighting changes by author. Or when we go back to a project, and start updating again. Being able to highlight all the changes in the last 7 days.

    Excel is about numbers, and in business we often have to "walk" / explain what changed and the impact. Co-authoring is hurting that right now, because each person has to either enter a comment or send an email with the changes they made.

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    Microsoft - you may not be understanding real world work situations. Co-authoring is great, if you are actually working at the same time. There are multiple reasons to use tracking - which co-authoring is not going to help. After making a series of changes, I want the summary sheet so the Account Manager can verify all the changes. I am requesting updates from someone half way around the world. (I am not getting up at 3 am to watch them make changes.) I am doing OTHER work while waiting for updates - because I don't work in one file only and sit and watch the changes like it is TV. Even the changes while co-authoring should be tracked. I have files with thousands of lines and a hundred pages. As someone else also said - give us the option to select what the highlights will look like for a session - yellow for me, blue for Carol, etc. Or even better yet - make the changes highlightable like in OneNote. Very VERY disappointed AGAIN with the lack of understanding of real world application of Excel

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