When Microsoft first created Excel, the personal computer was a piece of standalone hardware, capable of some remarkable feats but cut off from the rest of the world. Today, with local networks and the ever-growing Internet, you have the ability to share information, exchange ideas, and collaborate on projects with a large group of friends or a team of co-workers . Excel joins the party with a set of useful collaboration features that lets groups of people work together to edit spreadsheets.
Collaboration with Excel revolves around two key features:
In this chapter, you'll take a close look at both these features. You'll also learn how Excel can help you manage the whole review chain , so that workbooks travel from one person to the next in an orderly fashion as they're getting revised. Finally, you'll consider an even more radical (and risky) propositionallowing multiple people to change the same workbook simultaneously !