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  • Blog Post: Announcing New Excel 2013 BI Stability and Usability Improvements

    Recently we have announced a new public update to Excel 2013 that includes major stability and usability improvements in Self Service BI scenarios, especially when Power Query, Power Pivot & Power View are involved. For this release we eliminated over 120 bugs, crashes and hangs, and introduced two...
  • Blog Post: Embed Power View Interactive Reports in Your Blogs and Websites

    Ever since we launched Power BI for Office 365 this past February, we have been sharing Power View interactive reports in this blog. We've often been asked how to do this, and today we are happy to announce that this feature plus the option of embedding Pivot Tables publicly for workbooks 10MB or smaller...
  • Blog Post: Power BI Service Announcement: Power View Forecasting Offline for Maintenance

    The Power View forecasting feature is currently offline for maintenance as the team is working to fix a stability issue. The feature will be reimplemented once the issue is fixed – please continue to visit PowerBI.com for timing updates. Try Power BI REGISTER NOW for our upcoming webinar...
  • Blog Post: Excel 2013 Power BI fundamentals training

    With Excel 2013 you have a powerful new way to build interactive reports and analyze your data using the tool you already know and love. Now Excel provides rich data connections, transformation and visual analytics in an unified, seamless experience. To help you ramp up with these exciting capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner and before we all leave to enjoy some delicious turkey dinners, we wanted to share some visualizations we created in the past to celebrate this holiday. Last year around this time we tried to answer two questions: Where do turkeys come from and where do they...
  • Blog Post: From Data to Insight and Impact: The BI Revolution

    Excel is part of our everyday lives. It doesn't matter if you're a finance, marketing or operations professional. But Excel is not what it used to be 10, 5 or even 3 years ago. Our engineering team has been very busy bringing amazing updates to Excel that give you advanced analytics and visualization...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Power Query support for Salesforce.com

    Today, at the Salesforce Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, we announced the preview of a new Salesforce connector for Microsoft Power Query for Excel. With this integration customers can now connect and work with data from their Salesforce accounts in Excel to build reports, visualize information...
  • Blog Post: Retail Location Analytics using Power BI

    This blog post was authored by Shish Shridhar , Director of Business Development - Retail, Microsoft By combining demographic data like Median Income, Education Levels, Median Age and customer purchasing data such as preferences, past purchases, and online behavioral data, retailers gain a more in...
  • Blog Post: Visualizing the Primetime Emmy History

    The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will be held tonight at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Like every other TV fan around the world, I'll be watching. That is why I decided to honor the men and women that create these amazing shows for us with a visualization of Emmy Primetime and International...
  • Blog Post: Data Visualization for the 2014 World Cup results using Excel and Power BI

    This blog post was authored by Marc Reguera, Finance Director, Microsoft After the success and interested generated by my first post, Visualizing the World Cup history with Excel and Power BI , I decided to update the model with data from the 2014 Brazil World Cup and analyze how the history of the...
  • Blog Post: Earth's Rising Tempers: Unlocking Volcanoes Insights with Power BI

    Volcanoes are one of the most destructive forces of nature and always get a fair amount of attention from the general public and the scientific community. Volcanic activity generates thousands of data points. Remy Tom, one of our semi-finalist of the Power BI Demo Contest leveraged hundreds of years...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Excel and Power BI Series

    Over the next couple of weeks, we'll introduce you to the basic usage of all the latest and greatest features in Excel and Power BI. How do you know if this is the right series for you? Here are a few questions to help you decide: Are you new to Power BI? Did you sign up for the trial but don...
  • Blog Post: Visualizing the World Cup history with Excel and Power BI

    This blog post was authored by Marc Reguera, finance director, Microsoft Besides my family and friends, I have two additional passions in life: soccer and data visualization. Like most kids growing up in Europe, my dream was to become a soccer professional. I wanted this so badly that I actually followed...
  • Blog Post: Explore the Top 250 Movies since 1921

    Moviegoers have a lot of tools at their disposal today compared to decades ago. With the amount of movies being released every week, now they can research about, find showtimes for and even rate their favorite flicks in sites like IMDb.com . Dan English created this interactive dashboard using IMDb...
  • Blog Post: The visualization that changed the world of data

    In 1854, a cholera outbreak in London puzzled the scientific community as well as the local authorities. Dr. John Snow, an epidemiologist studying the outbreak was trying to find the root causes by looking at the data available. Dr. Snow's approach is very similar to the approach scientists use today...
  • Blog Post: Explore the world's roller coasters with Power BI

    Our Power BI demo contes t is completed! Now we want to show you some of the best submissions we received, and give you a chance to play with them. The first one comes from our finalist Devin Knight and his take on Roller Coasters. We invite you to play with this live visualization and find answers...
  • Blog Post: Introducing new forecasting capabilities in Power View for Office 365

    Today at the PASS Business Analytics conference we announced the availability of new forecasting capabilities for Power View in Office 365. In Power View, you can now apply predictive forecasting, and hindcasting, when visualizing and exploring your data. Forecasting in Power View utilizes built-in predictive...
  • Blog Post: Describing the forecasting models in Power View

    Power View performs advanced statistical analysis of the data in your line charts to generate forecasts that incorporate trends and seasonal factors. If you want to learn more about these methods and how to customize your forecasts to get the best results, read on! We've also provided some references...
  • Blog Post: New in Power View HTML5 and the Power BI app

    The Power View team is happy to announce the following updates to HTML5 and the Power BI app Power View in HTML5 and the Power BI app now have these features: Map drill-down works. Line charts have tooltips. Bar and column charts can show data labels. Small multiples can contain maps...
  • Blog Post: The Oscars with Power BI

    Move over Winter Olympics at Sochi—it’s time for the 86 th Academy Awards! While we roll out the red carpet, what better time to step behind the scenes and into Microsoft Power BI to create some visual effects on the most significant movie awards of the year? We tapped into Wikipedia data...
  • Blog Post: Power View Makes it Easy to Build Bubble Charts, Maps, Dashboards and More

    Over here on the Power View team, we’re pretty jazzed about the latest update to the Microsoft Power BI app for Windows 8.1 that just rolled out globally last night. Now, anyone can see how Power View makes it easy to build maps, dashboards, bubble charts, and all of it is interactive by default...
  • Blog Post: Power BI for Finance

    Finance professionals have relied on Excel for years to come up with reports and data analyses that deliver the answers they are looking for. That is why we believe that the new Power BI features in Excel and in Office 365 are so relevant for people in this role. Here at Microsoft we have faced the...
  • Blog Post: Super Bowl Search Trends with Power BI

    One of our Power BI rockstars, Shish Shridhar ( blog and YouTube channel ), created some great data visualizations for search terms around the Super Bowl. Shish used different tools such as the Bing Ads Intelligence add-in to compare search trends for the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos based...
  • Blog Post: Happy Holidays with Power BI, Part 1: Where's Santa Now?

    As we get closer and closer to the holidays, the Power BI team wanted to answer one of the most popular questions of all time: Where’s Santa now? Social media was the perfect source for answering question. We ran a search of the following terms and hashtags on Twitter: “santa sighting”...
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