Microsoft is rolling out the “@mention” feature for its spreadsheet software, Excel. This feature allows users to tag their coworkers or team members in a Microsoft Excel workbook.
In the Microsoft 365 roadmap, the company notes the @mention feature can be used to “create, assign, and track tasks in your workbook.” Although the feature's general availability date is October 2022, as reported by Neowin (17/8), @mention has been added to the “launch” cycle.
In other words, some users who have already updated the Microsoft Office suite, can find this feature and tag people. It should be noted, the feature is only available for desktop devices and will be rolled out to all users in the world.
It took about a year and a half for Microsoft to finally implement the feature, after it was announced it was under development in January 2021. Microsoft's rival, Google Workspace has long had a similar feature, allowing users to tag their colleagues or co-workers, both inside and outside the organization.
Additionally, the company recently also included the ability to add hyperlinks to comments added to a spreadsheet. With this capability, users no longer need to copy and paste from plain text.
Microsoft Teams users will also be able to launch Excel documents from their meeting screen thanks to a new feature called Excel Live. Instead of going out to work on a shared spreadsheet, collaborators can edit in real-time without ever leaving Microsoft Teams.
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