Microsoft Excel Pricing Plan & Cost Guide

Microsoft Excel

Spreadsheet software

4.77/5 (16,361 reviews)

Microsoft Excel Pricing

Starting from: $1.99/month

Pricing model: Free, Subscription

Microsoft Excel is available as part of Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions.
Office 365 Personal: $6.99/month or $69.99/year
Office 365 Home: $9.99/month or $99.99/year
Office Home & Student 2019: $149.99 one-time
Office 365 Business: $8.25/user/month (annual commitment required)
Office 365 Business Premium: $12.50/user/month (annual commitment required)
Office 365 Business Essentials: $5/month (annual commitment required)

Users can also access the web-based version of Microsoft Excel through the free OneDrive Basic 5GB, and the $1.99/month OneDrive 100GB subscription plans.

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Microsoft Excel Pricing Reviews

Pros

  • I would easily recommend it as it's perfect for kids in school, in the work place etc. All it's features are detailed and open doors for me to be as creative as I want to be.Sherika S.Read the full review
  • Excel is easy to use, has a great UI and a fantastic support system. Once you use excel you will never want to use a replacement again.Michael K.Read the full review
  • Excel is perfect for any user - beginner, intermediate, expert. Depending on your skill set and what you need to accomplish, Excel is the right tool for you and is super easy to learn and excel in.Benjamin S.Read the full review

Cons

  • Some of the error messages are hard to decipher when using the software and the functions have confusing variables to put in at times.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
  • When there is a large amount of data entered into a spreadsheet it's inevitable to have trivial human mistakes made. Sometimes it's very difficult to find those mistakes later.MARAT N.Read the full review
  • It can be hard to figure out your mistakes. The macro feature cant be undone and can be harmful if ran an accident.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
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25 reviewers had the following to say about Microsoft Excel's pricing:

Austin B.

Microsoft Excel review

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-11-06
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
The pro's of this software are: - Easy to use. The software is quite easy to use and, once the formulas are explained, can create informative graphs and tables that keep track of data that has been inputted into the form. - Frequent updates. Using the newest version of excel you will get updates at a constant rate that improve stability and security of the software. - Many ways of creating and keeping track of data. You can create your own tables, graphs and results that will keep up to date when set up correctly. Graphs will update with new data and tables will change the results.

Cons
The con's of this software are: - Expensive. To use the software you have to own the Office suite offered by Microsoft, which is charge for a high price. - Cheaper alternatives. There are many other software suites out there that offer the same function and stability at a cheaper cost. There are even ones that are given out for free. Be sure you are comfortable with Microsoft's version when compared to other ones.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Anonymous

The Best Spreadsheet Program

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-12-16
Review Source: Capterra

Excel is fully featured and well worth the price if it's affordable and those extra features will be useful.

Pros
Excel has been around for decades and continues to be the premier and best-featured spreadsheet software available. Excel is easy to use but difficult to master. It supports cell functions and conditionals, functions for statistical and economic analysis, autofill, and many more tools. The user interface is more capable than its competitors without being cluttered, and can also be configured how you like, with a quick access toolbar containing frequently used tools in Excel. On top of being able to create nice and functional spreadsheets, Excel also can create dynamic charts and graphs based on spreadsheet data making it very easy to create visuals.

Cons
Excel lacks some of the more user-friendly features that competitors like Google Sheets has. This includes easy collaboration, auto-saving, and ease-of-use. More importantly, Excel is a paid piece of software typically bundled with some variant of the Microsoft Office Suite compared to Sheets and the Google Suite being free to use. This extra cost can be a barrier to some, as one must question if the extra cost of Microsoft Office is worth the price for features and functionality over the Google Suite.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Carlos E.

Your data more organized with Excel

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-08-10
Review Source: Capterra

My experience with Excel is the best, it brought many benefits to my company, the presentation of data became easier to understand, simplified the analysis of the data and generated more practicality in the company. My customers are satisfied with how quickly I present the data to them.

Pros
Purchasing Excel software a few years ago and I never switched to another spreadsheet software because it always met my needs. Whenever I need to organize my data I use Excel, with many features this software becomes a powerful data manager for large and small companies. I can combine practicality and ease in a single software, this helps a lot in the management of my company, I always have the data with easy access. The integration in my company was very easy and intuitive.

Cons
Excel Software brought the organization to my company, facilitating my company's progress, however this comes at a price, which is not very cheap, so I see a disadvantage of Excel compared to other spreadsheet software. Excel's price is not competitive with the market, making it unattractive to anyone starting with a small company. It could readjust the price that would gain more market.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Gil E.

Excel Review

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-01-14
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, there is no competition to this software. It has everything you need, it saves a lot of time, and it keeps your business organized and well functioned. It is a well-known software that all your clients are likely to know and use which means there are no misinterpretations. The value you get for the cost you pay is 100% worth it and I recommend this software to everyone who wishes to keep track on their business or personal finances.

Pros
Excel is the number 1 spreadsheet software out there. The functions allow for any type of mathematical calculation, financial and statistical analysis. All that can be done fairly quick with just a correct function. Everything you need to organize your business in the financial and economical aspects are available for a reasonable price. In addition, you can create timelines, graphs and much more with having to know in such an advanced level, which, even if you don't, there are many tutorials available.

Cons
It takes some time to understand how to work with Excel in a more advanced level (Excel VBA for instance) which can be pretty tiring. In addition. from time to time, the formulas are not correctly pasted into the spreadsheet which can be daunting and frustrating.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Sigmund G.

Still a champion in spreadsheet software

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-04-30
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Excel has been a go to software for data analysis for over a decade, it is dependable, fast, vast functionality and calculations/formulas. I also love features such as the conditional formatting of values, to highlight certain rows, columns, or fields based on their input. Unless you are on a tight budget then there's not much of a reason not to consider excel.

Cons
There are not many cons about the software. However, one aspect is the cost factor, Excel isn't cheap and when you consider some of its competitors such as Google Sheets and WPS spreadsheets which are both free spreadsheet tools with similar functionality (although not as powerful and vast as excel).

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Federico D.

Great for data analytics

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-01-18
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
I love all the perks you get for using Excel. It makes it really easy to analyze data, patterns, and so much more

Cons
It would be great to have a cheaper version for non-students.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Excellent, from beginner to (very) advanced features

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-04-26
Review Source: Capterra

I believe that every professional should have Excel in his programs' portfolio. Other alternatives, such as OpenOffice or Google Sheets might be cheaper/free, but do not include nearly as much functionalities as Excel does.

Pros
We use Excel across our entire organization, from our customer support department to our Operations one. Its use varies, from simple functionalities, like predefined functions (sum, averages, etc), to custom formulas and vlookup functions. It manages to excel across the range. The fact that it has a familiar layout and look and feel in relation to other Microsoft products, as well as being the de-facto format for sharing spreadsheets, are add-ons to its value.

Cons
It can be quite heavy to perform certain tasks, especially in very large documents. Also, while being relatively straightforward to perform basic tasks, it can get quite difficult to move to the next level and utilize it to a greater extent. As such, you have to spent a lot of time to research how to do certain actions, and you feel like you are missing on a lot.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Excel the best option in the software market

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-08-27
Review Source: Capterra

Excel is really a software of great help for the tasks that has to do with tables, database, tables, accounting and / or mathematical calculations, it has been very helpful in my company, for the realization of budgets and billings.

Pros
very versatile for various areas in the financial, accounting, statistical or mathematical fields. In addition to showing the cells which allows to organize the data and even create dynamic tables

Cons
It has a limited amount of graphics, its purchase does not have a cheap price although it is included in the Microsoft Office package, a self-taught person could not easily make macros, dynamic tables, among others. It is necessary to take courses to master the most advanced functionalities

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Deepak S.

It is an amazing software to analyse data

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-11-06
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
What I like most about this software is that it is way better than all the competitors out there like OpenOffice etc, the recent updates have only made this software even better than it was, the UI is amazing and it is not buggy at all. It really helps you to generate reports, analysis data, and automate numbers, saving a lot of time professionally and personally.

Cons
The pricing for this software is a little high, it should be reasonable so that every company and computer can afford to have it

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Alita D.

Versitility and functionality is worth the cost

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-02-18
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Excel gives you the options to do advanced work if you have the time to learn the functions. If you are looking for something basic there are free or cheaper programs but those programs do not provide all of the same functions. They are great if you are just wanting to a type an organized list. Excel is what you want for something more.

Cons
The cost for this software is high in comparison to other PC Softwares of this sort.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Classic service for editing data in tables

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-02-26
Review Source: Capterra

The best product for editing tables! I will use it in the future.

Pros
The service will allow you to work simultaneously with several Excel workbooks using separate windows. I like to use data labels with flexible formatting. You can connect various add-ons and converters to expand functions, for example, to convert numbers to uppercase values.

Cons
The new version of Excel on my computer has become slower. For example, copying sometimes took up to several seconds. I would like to reduce the cost due to the availability of more affordable programs from competing companies.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Jorge A M.

Industry Standard

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-12-03
Review Source: Capterra

Excellent tool overall. I wish there was a really good competitor to keep microsoft prices low. They have been skyrocketing lately with the yearly subscriptions instead of by once that will last many years.

Pros
Exel has been around for more than 20 years and before that it was called lotus 123. Excell is one of the most useful tools in the software industry. As the former name 123 implied it is a 1. calculation sheet, 2. a word processor and 3. a database. Very easy to use or maybe is my 30 plus year experience using it.

Cons
There are so many features that is likely you use only 30% of this software. May be difficult to find those features that you do not use periodically.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Anonymous

Undoubtedly the best tool on market

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-10-31
Review Source: Capterra

I use excel in various activities, since my time control and task process reports, when developing solutions for clients.

Pros
The tool is complete and stable. Widely accepted in various software. The integrated VBA editor increases usability, making office activities even easier.

Cons
The only downside is the price of the license when compared to other options in the market. However given the amount of functionality present in it, the value is justified.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Levi S.

Great tool for any professional

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-01-29
Review Source: Capterra

I use Excel in my work and at home. At home for budgets, invitation lists, finance analysis. At work - for plans management, reports of different kinds, calculation and data analysis.

Pros
Perfect to vast range of applications and users with different levels of computer experience. Low experience use starts from simple calculation of budgets, party invitation lists reports from banks and insurance. For business professionals - financial calculations and reports including charts, for scientists and students - complex computations and graphs. Very strong integration with other Office tools. Ability to extend the standard functionality with macros and writing code in Basic. Extended perfectly documented software support for programmers accessing Excel data from languages like C#, C++, Java. Additional fine feature is Excel data base capabilities. I used all of these. Multiple useful output file formats.

Cons
Relatively high price, lack of good Microsoft tutorials, complexity of most enhanced capabilities.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Kalin D.

The most important software in business

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-11-05
Review Source: Capterra

Not too great when it comes to more complex processes, but keeps the basic reporting in check and it makes the life of an entrepreneur much easier.

Pros
The flexibility to streamline most of the business reporting. The fact that almost all people with a computer are familiar with Excel. The capability to keep track of the basic business processes on a relatively low price.

Cons
The User Interface isn't very good once the project someone is working on becomes complex. The collaboration tools are not good at all compared to other similar software.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Leandro V.

essential tool in the job market

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-09-17
Review Source: Capterra

My financial life is all built and analyzed in excel. with excel I've done several types of business, create a spreadsheet according to the needs of the company where I worked and with it I also control my financial life without much effort. Spreadsheet development in Excel has helped me and continues to help me with native Excel functions. Spreadsheets with Macros. Spreadsheets with VBA (Visual Basic) Forms. Spreadsheets with Charts. Spreadsheets with Dashboard. excel is essential.

Pros
You can access it from any device, anywhere

Cons
Excel with Microsoft 365 could be a little cheaper and previous versions with example: excel 2003 could be released to users for free.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Excel is Excellent.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-01-30
Review Source: Capterra

Using Excel for over 20 years is nothing but a great tool for my day by day work. The product is robust, although it comes with a price tag.

Pros
Microsoft Excel is the business standard product for anyone who needs to prepare any document that requires calculations. The product improves on every version released. As an accountant/finance person, this is the product I use every single day at work, and for personal purposes only.

Cons
License cost for some small organizations, but it's worth the price. This product compared with others, like Google spreadsheet, or Numbers for Mac users, it has no comparison at all.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Jahn K.

Excel is Untouchable

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-04-10
Review Source: Capterra

I self taught myself the program in college and continue to learn things about it all of the time as I teach students. The program has so many options it's difficult to remember all of them.

Pros
When talking about options within a spreadsheet, there is no substitute for Microsoft Excel. The number of options and the quality of the program are unmatched. The business world still uses it exclusively and the continued updates make it better all the time.

Cons
The cost is the only set back I can see. If everyone had access to it for a low cost, it would crush the competition.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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DUSTIN P.

Couldn't Run My Business Without It!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-10-17
Review Source: Capterra

This is an absolute go to tool for our business. Whether creating pricing model tools, or easily examining trends of sales during a given hour using raw data transformed into a pivot table, Excel is open on my computer on a daily basis.

Pros
Excel has so many uses in my business. We've used it to create automated pricing models for various inventory, such as calculating what our price per pint on beer should be based on the cost of a keg. We've been a spreadsheet where we simply enter the cost of the keg and the size of the keg and it provides us with all the info we need around cost per ounce, price we should charge per pint, etc. I've also used this to perform time tracking for our employees and to manipulate and create pivot tables for our retail sales and inventory data from our POS system. The amount of ways you can view and manipulate data in this program is ENDLESS. I don't know how people run a business without it!

Cons
The learning curve can be a bit steep, however a quick google search will yield a how-to to perform any function you can think of.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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felicia v.

Full business tracking

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-02-12
Review Source: Capterra

I have tried less expensive programs and they proved to be a waste of money. I can easily use about half but then let our account office give me all of the graphs for broken down info on the fly

Pros
Excel offers everything any size business. You can do project costs and summaries. Full graphs to show your prediction with what your actual sales were. We even export for taxes. It is a everything one stop professional program

Cons
Well personally there are some sections I leave to the accountant to submit the reports to me. I can follow purchase trends by design, type of fabric etc. we also set our entire client pricing with it.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Microsoft Excel Coolest app for Mathematicians.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-03-18
Review Source: Capterra

Keeping track of my coding data and using it for visualization. Using it to keep track of my personal finances.

Pros
1. Perfect for mathematics, accounts students, graduates and everyone. 2. Can perform all kinds of mathematics, statistical calculations, financial expenses etc. You can do all the calculations on the same sheet as well. 3. It has the ability to perform complicated calculations within minutes. 4. One amazing feature is the filter criteria that you can use to look for any specific value that you want. 5. You can attach images and other documents also in the excel workbooks as inside details. 6. You can analyse and visualize your data in various ways using pivot tables and multiple charts provided. 7. Can be easily shared without much hassle. 8. Provides security features too.

Cons
1. Does not provide many features on the online version. 2. Could be a little cheaper. 3. A very small mistake in the formula can mess up all the calculations. 4. It is not easy enough for beginners to learn and start using it. Requires hard work and effort.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Christopher J B.

My Absolute Go To

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-02-08
Review Source: Capterra

I love Excel, other than Outlook there is no other Office product I use more. I use Excel to study performance of staff, keep track of performance. I further use Excel to create budgets. Recently expanded my use of Excel to include new ways to break down project elements. The formatting, the moving of data makes Excel the absolute easiest program on the market. The only down, the program can be too powerful or too expensive for some more "casual" users so can leave some people out who need your data. I just then send them a pdf of the file to share a "final" report but of course that means that they cannot manipulate the data.

Pros
Love the functions and power of Excel. The format tools make the data easy to organize and find. The tools for organizing, studying, keeping data make Excel the absolute go to.

Cons
Excel is powerful, it is big, and it does have a bit of a learning curve to figuring it out. Due to the price of Excel it can price out some users who are more "casual" making it hard to send data to people

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Chris H.

Microsoft Excel Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-08
Review Source: Capterra

Fabulous. If it wasn't so expensive, I would still be using it today. Google sheets has wooed me away with their no cost software.

Pros
I love how easy it is to create graphs, charts, and formulas in excel. The sync feature between the phone app and the computer is excellent.

Cons
The thing that I like the least is the cost. It is difficult to choose a software that costs money when there are options that do very similar things for no cost at all.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Lauren S.

Excel is a flexible and powerful tool

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-24
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, Excel continues to be my tool-of-choice in a lot of my processes and work. I keep learning more and more ways to use it which helps me get more value out of it.

Pros
Excel is an extremely easy-to-use tool (with some training) and is very powerful for many uses including but not limited to developing quotes, estimating and checking pricing, and many other analyses to provide insights for our internal teams and clients.

Cons
Excel is extremely versatile, but it does require some training to get the most of out. Luckily most things can easily be found via Google. If you think there's an easier way to do something, there probably is!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Simeón R.

The standard on spreadsheets

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-11-15
Review Source: Capterra

Overall the experience is great. It allows to do great sheets with nice style and powerful calculations. However lately the price increase made me change my mind and move to the free opensource alternative.

Pros
The main pro is that due to is Microsoft's, it is basically the standard (although the actual standard is the .ods format), so everything you do in Excel is correctly viewed in almost every computer on the planet. Besides that, it interface is exactly the same as other MS Office apps so is quite easy to understand and use. It allows tons of configs for charts and graphic representations and many style configurations. Also each version include by default some more complex calculations possible, and formulas are quite easy to remember.

Cons
The main con nowadays is its price. Being now MS Office 360, a yearly fee is too expensive for regular users. That's why I already moved to LibreOffice, which is open source and free and allows mostly the same as Excel does.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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