Real-time co-authoring comes to Microsoft Excel on Windows

After months of testing, Microsoft is finally bringing a major feature for Excel on Windows to all users. The company is enabling support for real-time co-authoring in Excel, which means you can now work in a spreadsheet with others and sync all the changes in real-time. For the real-time co-authoring feature to work, it actually needs to be stored on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint.

Microsoft said:

“Today, we’re taking a significant step toward empowering people to work better together with the general availability of co-authoring in Excel. Now anyone can work together at the same time in spreadsheets stored in SharePoint Online, OneDrive, or OneDrive for Business. With Excel co-authoring, you’ll find it easy to know who else is working with you in a spreadsheet and view their changes as you work.”

In addition to real-time co-authoring for Excel, Microsoft is introducing support for AutoSave in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint today. This was also introduced a while ago for those part of the Office Insider program, but it’s being made generally available today:

“We’re also announcing the general availability of AutoSave in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Office 365 subscribers who store their documents in OneDrive and SharePoint. Whether you’re working alone or with others, your latest changes are automatically stored in the cloud, and you’ll never need to worry about hitting the save button again,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, the CVP of the Office team.

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