Excel is probably one of the most important apps used in organisations today. We spend a whole lot of time researching, designing and optimising Excel for business needs. But Excel isn’t the only spreadsheet app out there – there are plenty of others to choose from. How do they compare? Check out the video comparisons:

Comparing Excel 2010 to OpenOffice.org


Comparing Excel 2010 to OpenOffice.org

There is some more in depth analysis at www.whymicrosoft.com. I am sure many blogs and armchair analysts will cry foul over these comparisons – but try it out for yourself and make up your own mind. For what I use excel for, the apps pitched as “good enough” generally aren't. I’m looking for new capabilities that make my life easier, not less capabilities that make more work for me. But the goalposts keep moving – thanks to technology and business demands that make us interested in analysing more and more data an focusing on valuable activities rather than just formatting work. That's what makes me excited by things like PowerPivot – I can do more with the tools I am already familiar with… obligatory cartoon video below:

PowerPivot (formerly Project Gemini)