Apps for Office in Excel
This has potential, but I have yet to see an “interesting” app. No, I don’t consider showing my sales data on a Bing map or displaying a Wikipedia page interesting.
New Worksheet Functions
And you can now use web service functions (in the Web functions category) to anonymously access REST Web services.
This makes me happy. I don’t know how I’m going to use it yet, but I know it’s going to be good.
Single Document Interface
SDI means that each workbook will have its own top-level app window and will have its own corresponding ribbon.
This makes me sad. I’m sure I’ll get used to it. I’m used to it using Word, but I don’t care about Word and I almost never have more than one Word document open. Now that Alt+Tab and Ctrl+Tab are going to be the same thing, I need a new shortcut.
Protecting sheets takes longer
Protecting sheets takes much longer than in previous Excel versions…This is by design, so there is no workaround.
This makes me really sad. Of all the worksheets in all the world, what percentage of them need this level of protection? I tried to figure out that percentage in Excel, but it keeps showing zero because it only has 15 digits of precision (that means it’s really small). So the rest of the world gets to slow down for a handful of sheets that need this protection. You can protect your crappy worksheets all you want, you big Wall Street fatcats, but protecting formulas that aren’t right doesn’t make them right.