Date: Mar 1, 2013 12:16 PM
Author: Gad Reinhorn
Subject: Re: Importing .xlsx files in parallels

The functionality you need was added in R2012a:

xlsread Reads XLSX Files on All Platforms

The xlsread function now reads data from XLSX files on all platforms,
including support for specifying the range and worksheet number.
Previously, this functionality was available only on Microsoft Windows
systems with Excel® software.