“Microsoft received high client feedback scores for its agile, business user self-service and advanced data visualization functionality. Clients also gave Microsoft BI a high score for its product vision”. This quote from the Forrester Wave: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms report released last month shows Microsoft's commitment to bring business intelligence to a billion users by making data accessible through the tools that people use every day.

July was full exciting announcements around Power BI. On top of our classic Power Query monthly update, which always generates a lot of positive buzz, we announced several Power Map improvements and the release of cloud modeling for Q&A, which you can see in action on our post talking about the end to end construction of our World Cup Q&A model. Also, like usual, our amazing community created tons of articles and guides that we highlight every month on this news roundup.

Enjoy and don't forget to send our way any interesting posts or articles you find about Excel and Power BI!

July Product Updates

07/15/14 - New in Power BI: Cloud Modeling for Q and A

07/16/14 - Power Map July Update

07/30/14 - 6 new updates in Power Query - July 2014 

July Power BI Articles

07/08/14 - Instant, Interactive 3D mapping of your data – Power Map: Dr. Nitin Paranjape created this complete series to get started with Power Map 3D geomapping

07/11/14 - Visualizing Retailer POS Data using Power BI: Shish Shridhar shows us how he used Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View and Power Map to build interactive dashboards in Excel to analyze retail data

07/14/14 - New Power BI Features Shown At WPC: Chris Webb summarizes the new Power BI features announced at WPC

07/16/14 - Forrester names Microsoft as a Leader in Agile Business Intelligence: Download the full report to find out why Forrester named Microsoft a leader in Agile BI

07/17/14 - NBA games live tweeting and buzzer beating: Hear directly from Michael Carper, our Power BI Demo Contest winner, about how he created this amazing model including real time tweets and NBA games

07/29/14 - Behind the Scenes: How Power BI Handled The World Cup: an end to end summary of how we built the World Cup Q&A demo

 

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