In March, new desktop features were added to Excel Online. Updates include, new cloud-connected data types with AI capabilities, the ability to delete rows and columns to analyze and format data, and more.
According to the Microsoft blog post by Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, Kirk Koenigsbauer:
“With added AI capabilities, Excel can now recognize rich data types beyond numbers and text strings. For example, Excel recognizes that “France” is a country and automatically associates it with additional attributes such as population and gross domestic product, using the same technology that powers Bing answers. These attributes can then be populated into different cells or used directly in formulas and stay updated with the latest data. Based on machine learning, these new data types will simplify the process of working with real-world data.”