Google Sheets vs Excel: Who’s the Winner?
Written by co-founder Kasper Langmann, Microsoft Office Specialist.
It’s still the million-dollar question of our generation: which is better, Excel or Google Sheets?
This may have been an easier question for our parents as Excel would only be a viable option decades ago. They have educated a generation or two of Excel users. And it’s hard to break.
But with the fast phase of Google, we have seen a speedy incremental shift of users to Google sheets. Although, initially, when it was launched in 2006 and then later introduced publicly in 2012, they only have limited options of functionality.
But every year, these two look more similar than ever. Excel’s decades of development now stand head to head with the neophyte spreadsheet.
Well, let’s dive into their features and see which one is a more superior spreadsheet tool.
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Google Sheets earns a point.
Google Sheets is virtually FREE! And it’s hard to beat free stuff.
With no cash going out of your pocket, you get to access all features Google Sheets has to offer.
From its autosave feature to its wide-range of commands for spreadsheet outputs.
All you need to do is create a Google Account by signing-up.
On the other hand, Microsoft Excel can be purchased for a one-time fee of $129.00.
Purchasing the whole Office365 will give you more apps like Word and Powerpoint with 1TB of storage on OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud-based storage service.
In comparison to Google Sheets, Excel has more powerful tools in computing and personalizing your spreadsheet, which leads to another aspect of this face-off: feature and functionality.
Features And Functionalities
This round goes to Excel.
Although we highly praise Google’s effort in coming as close as it can with Microsoft’s spreadsheet, it is not as powerful as Excel yet. And for that reason, we give this one to Excel.
Google has sporadically been developing its spreadsheet counterpart. Although they have successfully made developments there are still some tools that heavy Excel users need that don’t exist on their platform.
Although you have to pay a good amount of cash to get an Excel license, many Excel users find the best value in paying a minimal fee for a plethora of tools and features that don’t exist on Google Sheets.
We got a tie!
If we have written this article a few years back, Google would’ve taken this one easily.
Being an exclusively cloud-based spreadsheet, it is very accessible even on your mobile device, as long as you have an internet connection.
This has been a major development that took many Excel users to switch. But Microsoft maintains a good amount of loyal users by coming up with OneDrive which allows you to save files on the cloud as well.
This was a saving development for Microsoft.
Before OneDrive, the only place you can save your files on your computer, making storage and collaboration harder.
You need to email back and forth for changes in the sheet which is a huge hassle, to say the least. Also, you need to come up with a backup file in case you lost or broke your computer.
Although we favor Google Sheet a little more on accessibility, we thought it is still an even match when we put OneDrive on the picture.
This round, we scored them evenly.
Again, OneDrive plays a big role in Excel’s survival as a spreadsheet.
In terms of collaboration and accessibility, it’s the veteran trying to cope up and chase the new-comer.
Without OneDrive, Google sheet will be heavily favored on these criteria.
Since both platforms now have cloud-based storage services, collaboration is the ease with real-time edits and notes as long as you have a good internet connection.
With storage, Excel takes the lead.
Only because they offer more for a more expensive price.
We tilt a little over to Excel over this one as they offer more cloud-based storage starting at 1TB only for $5 a month per user.
With Google, you get a 15GB FREE storage but will have to pay if you consume all. You have to pay a little over $2 every month for a 100GB memory.
This one is tricky, but we value Excel’s offer as the more sensible one if you’re a heavy spreadsheet user.
Performance-wise, Excel gets away with a point
Overall, Excel still tops every other spreadsheet out there, including Google Sheet.
Although Google Sheet already introduced macros in its platform, which was one of the main requests from its users last 2018, Excel still beats it with a more powerful performance.
Google Sheet can handle up to 5 million cells as announced last year. But when it comes to large amounts of data, Google Sheet tends to choke and slow down. Mainly because it is exclusively internet dependent.
On the other hand, 5 million cells can easily be handled by Excel. With its seamless processing and without choking. It is reported that Excel can handle over 17 million cells. An absurd number of cells for a spreadsheet.
In this case, we hand one point over to Excel.
There is no one-size-fits-all spreadsheet program. Know what you need.
Although we have scored Excel on this face-off doesn’t mean you should go out and purchase its license.
Both have pros and cons. From pricing to performance. From features and functionality to performance.
If you’re a student that needs a spreadsheet for your project, or a mother who wants to make a budget template, we suggest using Google sheet.
But if you’re a business with big tasks in front of him, consider getting a license of Excel as it is built to handle tenuous computation and large amounts of data to increase productivity. And we highly suggest getting the OneDrive subscription for optimum Excel experience.