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Data Explorer brings Big Data connectivity to Excel 2013

Today we continue our series of BI related posts highlighting a recent announcement for a new add-in for Excel.

On February 27, we announced an early look at a future addition to our self-service line-up with Microsoft Data Explorer Preview for Excel.  Data Explorer enhances the self-service BI experience in Excel by simplifying data discovery and access to a broad range of public and enterprise data sources, enabling richer insights from data that has traditionally been difficult for users to get to. If you haven’t seen it, check out the video below to see how Data Explorer enhances the BI experience.  

With Data Explorer, users can now quickly and easily import data from a variety of sources, including Web, Excel, Text, Database and Azure. Access to non-traditional sources such as Active Directory, Facebook and big data solutions like Hadoop are now within the reach of any user.

Connecting directly to data from the web is easy and intuitive. Filtering and transforming your data can be done in just a few clicks and importing your final data into Excel is straightforward.  Given this is a preview, these features may appear differently in the future versions.

To learn more about how you can put these new capabilities to work for you, follow the links below.

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–Carlos Otero 

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4 comments
  1. After the Preview version, will the Data Explorer be available to all (new) versions of Excel? If not, a lot of people would be wasting their time learning how to use the Preview.

    • Hi David, the goal of this preview is to get feedback on capabilities of Data Explorer, what you find most useful, and what the gaps are. This feedback will help us decide if, how, and when Data Explorer will be integrated in a future version of Excel.

  2. I find this add-in extremely useful, many of the feature were already there like the possibility of reading HTML tables. What I would really like and can make Excel the ultimate analysis tools is the ability to connect to OAuth web services, and run Xquery statements.

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