Microsoft doesn’t mind if you stop using Excel for the wrong things, as it’s been building replacements to compete with the tools trying to replace Excel for doing things it wasn’t designed for.
The discussion about whether finance departments are moving away from Excel or remain perfectly happy with it should really have been framed more along the lines of whether they should stop using Excel for the wrong things. Ignore the common but simplistic ‘just use Google Docs’ response. If you only need the basics, Google Sheets will give you that, but so will Excel on the iPad and the web — and that’s so far away from what enterprises use Excel for that it’s a tribute to the breadth of Excel that the same product competes with so many alternatives.
Author: Mary Branscombe