• Michael Sena

Excel is still popular because it democratised control over data

Updated: Oct 30

In the 80s & 90s, Excel allowed people to handle and store data without coding. Then its popularity and continuous expansion made it number one software for analytics and office jobs. So...

Why is Excel still so popular?

I believe there are four reasons:

  • the wide user base

  • ease of use

  • versatility

  • low cost.

The phenomenon of Microsoft's spreadsheet software is that it has maintained top spots across all these dimensions. They are not number one in each of them. Except for the number of users, they have been surpassed in the other three categories in some ways by different solutions. Nevertheless, no other piece of software is more optimal in more than one of those dimensions.