Upgrades and Updates
While 1993 saw that major lawsuit from another company over the name of the product, it also saw one of the most successful pairings of Excel with several other great Microsoft products in one package called Microsoft Office. In this one package, Excel was paired with Word and PowerPoint to create a powerful, user-friendly suite that offered everything that a person could need in one software package.
Since then, Excel has grown to include VBA, (Visual Basic for Applications), which is a specific programming language that is based on Visual Basic. This gives users the ability to create automatic tasks and functions in the different worksheets to make creating them easier. As Excel continued to grow and add new features, VBA became more and more important to the program, and to users. But, the automated macros that it creates leaves Excel open for several macro viruses. While this started to become a serious problem, anti-virus programs finally were updated to detect these viruses and delete them. Finally, Microsoft decided to completely prevent these problems by disabling the use of macros completely when the user opens a workbook, or they have to trust all of the macros by using a signed, trusted certificate.
The most recent version of Microsoft Excel that was released for Windows is Microsoft Office Excel 2007, or Excel 12, and the most recent version for Mac OS is Microsoft Excel 2008. While these are the most recent updates to the programs, there are still a few bugs with macros and viruses that manage to sneak in, despite the best anti-virus software. Overall, Microsoft has transformed over the years to become one of the leading spreadsheet software programs in the world and millions of users rely on this in both their business and personal lives to keep organized.