IMPORTANT NOTE: Microsoft Excel 2011 free trial is no longer available. It has been replaced by a free trial of Office 365. The download for this program takes you to the Office 365 sign-up page.
Microsoft Excel 2011 for Mac is the latest version of the most popular spreadsheet application in the world, now with the added bonus of much better OS X integration.
Microsoft Excel 2011 is part of Microsoft Office 2011 and has been given a through revamp since Office 2008 including a slicker OS X style interface, lots of new templates and new sharing options. It's also now part of Office 365 which integrates Microsoft Office with the Cloud.
The biggest innovation has been the introduction of the Ribbon to Microsoft Excel 2011 which makes navigating and editing your documents much easier and brings it into line with the Windows version. Spotlight is also now supported to make searching documents much easier on your Mac.
All the old features are there including the advanced filtering and analyzing of data plus a few more useful analyzing options that make Excel such a powerful tool. You'll also notice that the new Excel is much lighter on resources than previous releases - it leaves hardly any footprint on your CPU resources. Finally, sharing and collaborating on documents has been made much easier thanks to integration with SkyDrive and SharePoint. Note however that at the moment, Microsoft Excel 2011 is only available in a 32-bit version.
Microsoft Excel 2011 is a much improved version of the famous spreadsheet tool that takes full advantage of OS X.