Go inside Office 2013, Microsoft's ambitious suite for both desktop and mobile devices.
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Microsoft introduced Excel nearly three decades ago. Like most mature business apps, the venerable spreadsheet does what it does very well, and Redmond certainly doesn't want to rankle millions of Excel number-crunchers. Hence, no radical redesign is necessary.
Excel 2013 does offer some useful upgrades though, including new templates for budgets, calendars, forms, and reports. The new Quick Analysis Lens lets you convert data to a chart or table in a couple of steps. Flash Fill (above) recognizes patterns in your data and automatically fills cells accordingly. Say, for instance, you want to separate first and last names into separate columns. Simply begin typing the first names in a new column, press Ctrl+E, or click Data > Flash Fill, and Excel will copy the first names (in correct order) for you.
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