> Because Excel is not a database.
I'm editing this post to replace my flip, kind of not-nice answer above with this:
This seems to happen a lot with ArcGIS, some things are just more complicated than you'd think they would be (like, reordering fields or changing field data type). The reason this is hard is that Esri supports tabular data from many many formats, all of which have their capabilities and limitations, using a single interface. Doing this with a file geodatabase would be pretty straightforward, but would absolutely not work SDE database, especially if it is being edited by someone else at the same time! It is easier to support less functionality across all platforms than have to code around each individual file format.
There is Spreadsheet JS widget. Can be really useful for GeoNet solutions. Support all Excel style features (multiple selection, cells editing, copy/paste and much more).
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