Great News! Co-authoring feature is coming to Excel!

29 Mar 2017 | Sajin Sahadevan

Microsoft Office 365 has been a true companion in providing the perfect toolkit for collaboration between teams and organizations for several years. What we love is Microsoft is coming up with more interesting features that’s going to make the user experience much exciting and productive. We have the Co-Authoring feature for Word Online. Have you ever imagined to see the same feature for Excel? Well, get ready to get excited because Microsoft is coming up with the Co-Authoring feature in Excel.

The AutoSave feature is expected to come into Word, Excel and PowerPoint (Desktop Versions) and for documents saved in OneDrive, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. It looks great, but we found out something regarding this feature:

Microsoft Excel Coauthor feature

This is the Co-Authoring feature in Excel released by Microsoft that works similar to what we have in Microsoft Word. You will be able to see what others are doing same time when you are in the spreadsheet. (Courtesy :


Our Views

With this feature, you’ll get to know who else is working on your spreadsheet online along with you the same time. What we felt is that the AutoSave feature is much aggressive. To open a file and look around, it gets AutoSaved and updates the modified date too. This will lead to many number of versions saved in the history. Also, chances of saving bad data for people who opens Excel files, play around and then closing them without saving is risky.

The co-authoring feature is available on Excel Online, Mobile Versions of Excel in Android, Windows Phone and Apple iOS (Office Insiders). The co-authoring feature for Mac is yet to be released. Let’s wait for more exciting updates!


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