MS Excel vs Google Sheets

MS Excel vs Google Sheets

Which is better, Excel or Google Sheets? Well, that depends on your particular needs, but the answer is different for each person. In this article I’m going to give a couple of examples of when you may want to use one over the other.

Compare MS excel and Google sheets

Google Sheets is a great tool for beginners, but it’s not the only game in town. There are plenty of reasons you might prefer to use Excel instead, and vice versa.

Tables won’t transfer. Although Google Sheets does have its own table function, it’s not compatible with Excel’s table format. Likewise, if you create charts using Excel, they won’t be compatible with Google Sheets’ chart function.

Formulas don’t translate. Excel has more advanced math functions than Google Sheets, so any advanced calculations you perform in Microsoft’s spreadsheet program won’t carry over to Google’s.

Data collaboration isn’t built in. If you want to share data from a spreadsheet with someone who doesn’t have a copy of Microsoft Office, or if you’d prefer to work on a spreadsheet together in real time, you’ll need to find another way to do so. The same holds true if you want to collaborate with someone who uses Google Sheets and you happen to be using Microsoft Excel.

You need special formatting options. The formatting options available in Microsoft Office are more sophisticated than those available in Google Sheets. For example, if you’re creating a presentation that contains a lot of numbers and text that should be displayed as superscripts or subscript

Basis for comparison


Google Sheets


8.25 USD per month for MS Office

Free(For Individual) 5 USD per month (For Business)


Not Possible


Analysis & Visualization

Better while handling large data

Not that smooth in handling large data

Ease in use

Little complex

Comparatively easy

Data Security

Data is more secure in your local Storage

Data is less secure than local storage


The big question, then, is which tool is better: excel or google sheets? While we can’t provide a simple answer to that question, we can provide you with some helpful suggestions and advice. If you want to use it to handle extensive data, complex formulas, and better data security, you should go with MS Excel. If you’re going to have simple, free-to-use, easy to use with collaboration options, you should go with google sheets.

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