Microsoft Office Excel
2003 enables you to turn data into information with powerful tools to
analyze, communicate, and share results. Excel 2003 can help
you work better in teams, and help protect and control access to your work. In
addition, you can work with industry-standard Extensible Markup Language (XML)
data to make it easier to connect to business processes.
Capture and Reuse Data
Bring key business data into your spreadsheets for more timely access to the
information you need to make good decisions.
- Take advantage of data wherever it exists. Excel 2003 can read data
in any customer-defined XML schema without reformatting. You can analyze and
manipulate XML data sources using charts, tables, or graphs.
all Office 2003 Editions, Excel 2003 spreadsheets can be saved in a native XML
file format which can be manipulated and searched using any program that can
process industry standard XML. With Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003,
companies can also use customized XML formats or schemas to enable easier and
more advanced information creation, capture, exchange, and reuse.
- Develop your own data solutions. Experienced Excel users can use the
new visual XML mapping tool to map a user-specified XML schema to fields in an
- Analyze data better. Excel builds on its commitment to reliable and
accurate numerical analysis with enhancements in collinearity detection,
calculations of sum of squared deviations, normal distributions, and continuous
probability distribution functions.
- Customize functionality with enhanced smart tags. Smart tags in Excel
are more flexible. Associate smart tag actions with a specific section of a
spreadsheet and have the smart tag appear only when you hover the mouse over the
associated range of cells.
- Interact with business systems. Developers can build document-based
solutions that take advantage of the XML support in Excel 2003. For example,
they can program task panes to display relevant tasks and information to help
automate business processes.
Share Information with Confidence
Work together effectively internally and with other organizations and help
protect against the misuse of sensitive company information.
- Work together better. Save Excel 2003 spreadsheets to shared
workspaces where other team members can get the latest version and save task
lists, related files, links, and member lists. Shared workspaces require
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 running Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services.
- Edit lists in Windows SharePoint Services. Integration with
Windows SharePoint Services allows you to compose lists in Excel spreadsheets
and transfer them to Windows SharePoint Services sites for easier editing. You
can edit the lists in Excel or on the Windows SharePoint Services site.
- Control distribution of your work. Help protect company assets by
preventing recipients from forwarding, copying, or printing important
spreadsheets using information rights management (IRM) functionality. You can
grant others permission to view, review, or modify your spreadsheet, and you can
set an expiration date, after which others cannot view or change it. IRM
functionality requires Windows Server 2003 running Microsoft Windows Rights
Management Services (RMS).
Be mobile and access information that can help you create the best
- Stay focused on your work. Find facts easily without leaving Excel by
using the new Research task pane. It brings electronic dictionaries,
thesauruses, and online research sites into Excel to help you find information
and incorporate information into your spreadsheets. Some functionality in the
Research task pane requires a connection to the Internet.
- Find the help you need. From the Getting Started and Help task panes,
you can access Microsoft Office Online Assistance on the Microsoft Office Online
Web site. It provides help and assistance articles that are updated regularly
from requests and issues of other users. Some functionality in these task panes
requires a connection to the Internet.
- Go mobile. If you own and use a Tablet PC, you can use digital ink
markup to annotate Excel 2003 spreadsheets in your own handwriting using a pen
input device. You can take notes or send comments to others.