Microsoft alerted its Microsoft 365 subscribers this past weekend to tell them that it will be removing two key features from Excel next year: Money in Excel and Wolfram Data Types in Excel. Additionally, Microsoft is discontinuing added value from its partners on June 30, 2023.
“Microsoft is committed to improving your Microsoft 365 subscription,” an email from Microsoft 365 reads. “As a result, we occasionally remove underused features and benefits. This email provides details on three features we plan to remove next year.”
Those features are:
Money in Excel. Starting June 30, 2023, Microsoft will disconnect your financial accounts from your workbook and you won’t be able to refresh your transactions. The good news? Excel will retain the workbook and any data it contains. And to soften the blow, Microsoft is partnering with Tiller—described as “the fastest, easiest way to manage your money with the power of Microsoft Excel”—to offer customers a 60-day free trial of its personal finance spreadsheet service. You can learn more here.
Wolfram Data Types in Excel. Starting June 11, 2023, Microsoft will discontinue support for Wolfram data types in Excel. Customers will retain existing data from Wolfram but they won’t be able to add new Wolfram data types, refresh data, follow links, view new images, or download templates with Wolfram data.
Unique offers from partners. Microsoft offers a set of benefits from its partners, but those will be discontinued on June 30, 2023. Before then, you can still redeem available offers. You can see those offers here.
It’s kind of hard to keep track of these things, but I believe each of these was only available in Excel if you subscribed to Microsoft 365. That is, you wouldn’t get these features if you bought a perpetual version of Microsoft Excel or Office. Money in Excel debuted one year ago, in June 2020. And Wolfram Data Types in Excel appeared around the same time.