Microsoft Excel: A Crucial Tool for Remote Work

Microsoft Excel is the gold standard for any serious number-crunching, both in industry and education. It’s easy enough for kids to use, while also being powerful enough to run large parts of the finance world. The modern Microsoft 365 version of Excel has a ton of useful tools that can be extremely useful for remote work and learning—in particular, it offers unparalleled collaboration tools that make remote work and school almost as productive as collaborating in person.


A common use case for Microsoft Excel in education is tabulating data from science experiments. Students can collect data using a variety of methods and then perform statistical tests and calculations on the data in Excel. Smartphone apps like Phyphox allow students to make accurate measurements for physics experiments using the sensors built into their smartphones. Once they’re done collecting the measurements, Phyphox will allow students to export the raw data into an Excel spreadsheet. Regardless of how the data is collected and imported, Excel’s sizable library of statistical tools makes it the perfect tool to gain insights from data. 


Another popular education-related Microsoft Excel feature is its cross-platform apps and websites. Many schools don’t hand out laptops or tablets to each student, so not every student has access to a device that can run full desktop software. With Microsoft Office’s cross-platform functionality (including support for mobile devices and the web), no student is left out of school projects involving Excel. Plus, since many schools use OneDrive to store and share documents, students can work simultaneously on the same Excel spreadsheet for group projects and similar situations. 


As with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, Excel’s collaboration features also extend to the modern remote workplace. Excel allows remote teams to edit, comment, and collaborate on the same document, whether it’s shared via a link in an email or through the collaboration features in Microsoft Teams. Even complex financial spreadsheets with macros and piles of formulas can be edited by multiple people at the same time. When you’re editing a document with other people, everyone can be on the same page with voice chat through Teams. 


Just like the integration between Google Forms and Google Sheets, Microsoft Excel offers Microsoft Forms, which allow you to poll other employees in your organization or any other group of people. Forms can be edited collaboratively, sent to groups of people using Outlook or Microsoft Teams, and then the data can be analyzed collaboratively in an Excel spreadsheet saved to OneDrive. 


Regardless of how your organization works, Microsoft Excel is the perfect tool for analyzing data and making important decisions. From students working on a group chemistry project to financial planners deciding how to allocate their clients’ retirement savings, Excel’s remote collaboration and cross-device functionality are just the right tool for the job. If you want to integrate Excel and other Microsoft 365 applications into your business or organization, look no further than VForce, the premier remote work and Microsoft 365 experts.