Microsoft will be adding cryptocurrency Bitcoin to Excel and Office 365 sometime in 2017, as noted in a post over at Bitcoin.XYZ. In Windows 10, Office 365 users will soon be able to use Bitcoin currency in Excel spreadsheets. Microsoft expects to extend the functionality to Microsoft Office mobile applications on Windows 10 Mobile, Android, and iOS. Microsoft's Mark Butler made the official announcement:
“In 2017, Excel will be able to recognize, format, calculate and analyze numbers expressed in Bitcoin currency. The new feature will be available for Excel running under Windows 10, Android, Mac OS and iOS, and will include Excel Mobile versions as well.”
Atlanta Digital Currency Fund investor and Bitcoin expert Alistair Milne first shared Microsoft’s Bitcoin integration on Twitter.
Bitcoin currency support coming to Microsoft Excel in 2017 pic.twitter.com/MaszEPlAuO
— Alistair Milne (@alistairmilne) December 31, 2016
Microsoft is the first global corporation to use the term "currency" when referring to Bitcoin. In early 2016, Microsoft introduced Azure Blockchain as a service for enterprise customers. Otherwise known as Project Bletchley, Microsoft's Azure Blockchain helps eneterprise customers settle financial data using Bitcoin.
Earlier today, Bitcoin's price jumped to above $1,000, for the first time in the last 3 years. Microsoft is getting heavily involved in the cryptocurrency industry, and Microsoft has gained several new Porject Bletchley partner in Azure Marketplace, including Ethcore and Blockstack.