Excel @ mentions feature approaches GA on the desktop • The Register

Microsoft’s Excel will continue its march to become the coolest software kid out there as @mentions near general availability for the desktop version.

It’s been a while (the ability to create, assign, and track tasks in a workbook was added to the Microsoft 365 roadmap in January 2021), but until then Octoberthe software provider says users will be able to type an @ to send their friends some formula-based goodies.

Assigning tasks via the @mention first made its debut in Excel for the web 2020with recipients receiving email notifications telling them they need to take action.

At the time, Microsoft said it was working to bring the functionality to the 35-year-old spreadsheet’s venerable desktop incarnation, so here we are. Why it took the company so long to get the feature up and running is debatable.

The approach is standard in the industry. Microsoft’s competitors have long supported user tagging. Google, Slack and Atlassian are among the proponents. The use of the @ symbol as a means of making sure other users know you’re talking to them was first publicized on the social network Twitter 2007.

It’s already used in other programs in Microsoft’s productivity suite of tools, with the approach popularized by messaging platform Teams, where comments in documents can be used to tag people (although you need to be signed in to Outlook to use it it works). .

We look forward to seeing what Microsoft does next to ensure its productivity suite doesn’t quietly go medieval. Replacing functions with emojis seems like an easy win (a scowl on all things pivot table, anyone?).

How else could Excel be plucked from the clutches of accounting and made cooler than cool? We welcome your suggestions below. ®

https://www.theregister.com/2022/08/17/microsoft_excel_at_mentions/ Excel @ mentions feature approaches GA on the desktop • The Register

Laura Coffey

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