Microsoft Excel is the University's supported and recommended spreadsheet and numerical analysis application for both OS X and Windows. Microsoft Excel can be used to enter, edit, parse, and format data; write formulas; generate graphs; and print formatted reports.
Microsoft Excel is commercial software that can be purchased from the Computer Connection at an educational discount.
Microsoft software is now available to University of Pennsylvania departments through the Microsoft Select Program, a volume license agreement. A detailed description of the Microsoft Program including product information and a FAQ has been prepared by the Office of Software Licensing. All purchases of Microsoft Select software are made through the Computer Connection.
Microsoft Excel may be purchased as part of Microsoft's Office suite of products, which bundles Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, or it may be purchased separately.
Configuration instructions are included with the software.
ISC's Technology Training Services website provides details on preferred Penn pricing and scheduling for classes on this and other common desktop products.
Note: the file format that is the default in Excel 2007 and Excel 2010 for Windows and Excel 2008 for OS X and requires a converter to be opened in any other version of Excel.
Users of Excel 2003 for Windows can install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack to read Excel 2007, Excel 2008, and Excel 2010 files in their default format. Users of Excel 2004 for OS X can install the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac to read Excel 2007, Excel 2008, and Excel 2010 files in their default format.
Excel 2010 is not compatible with Oracle EPM/Hyperion. Do not install Excel 2010 for users of Oracle EPM/Hyperion.
Excel 2007 and Excel 2010 also have a significantly revised interface, which features a "ribbon" design and will be a major change for many users who are familiar and comfortable with older versions of Excel.
Excel 2002 for Windows was removed from the supported products list in Fiscal 2007 and Excel v.X for OS X was removed from the supported products list in Fiscal 2009. Excel 2003 was removed from the supported list in Fiscal 2012 and Excel 2004 was removed from the supported list in Fiscal 2013.
Excel 2007 SP2 and Excel 2010 SP1 function correctly in Windows 7. Excel 2010 SP1 functions correctly in Windows 8.
Microsoft released Excel 2008 for OS X, the first Universal binary version of Word, in January 2008. Microsoft Excel v.X and Excel work properly in Apple's Rosetta translation layer.
Microsoft released Excel 2011, a successor to Excel 2008, as part of the release of Office 2011 in October 2010.
OS X compatibility
Excel 2008 SP2 and Excel 2011 SP2 function correctly in OS X Mountain Lion.
Microsoft released Excel 2013 as part of the Office 2013 suite, in January 2013.