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Public preview of project codename “GeoFlow” for Excel delivers 3D data visualization and storytelling

Editor’s note: Since this article was originally published in April 2013, Project codename “GeoFlow” has been renamed Power Map as part of the new Power BI for Office 365 offering.

Today we are announcing the availability of the project codename “GeoFlow” Preview for Excel 2013, a result of collaborations between several teams within Microsoft. GeoFlow lets you plot geographic and temporal data visually, analyze that data in 3D, and create interactive “tours” to share with others.

GeoFlow originated in Microsoft Research, evolving out of the successful WorldWide Telescope project for scientific and academic communities to explore large volumes of astronomical and geological data. Researchers collaborated closely with the Office product team to usher GeoFlow from its research lab inception to this public preview availability in Excel. GeoFlow adds to the existing self-service Business Intelligence capabilities in Excel 2013, such as Microsoft Data Explorer Preview and Power View, to help discover and visualize large amounts of data, from Twitter traffic to sales performance to population data in cities around the world.

With GeoFlow, you can:

  1. Map Data: Plot more than one million rows of data from an Excel workbook, including the Excel Data Model or PowerPivot, in 3D on Bing maps. Choose from columns, heat maps, and bubble visualizations.
  2. Discover Insights: Discover new insights by seeing your data in geographic space and seeing time-stamped data change over time. Annotate or compare data in a few clicks.
  3. Share Stories: Capture “scenes” and build cinematic, guided “tours” that can be shared broadly, engaging audiences like never before.

Unlocking insights within geospatial data like ticket sales is now possible with GeoFlow.

To learn more about how people are already using GeoFlow to gain and share insights in conjunction with existing self-service business intelligence tools in Excel, go the Excel blog.

Download the Add-in for Excel 2013 with Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus 2013.

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8 comments
  1. This is really cool look. But does it work for home subscribers to Office 365? Is it limited to the "ProPlus" version of Excel?

    • Download the Add-in for Excel 2013 with Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus 2013. – this is stated above. read much???

  2. This looks fantastic, but is there a reason for it to be limited to Pro Plus? I have 365 Educational, and as a student I would love to use this.

  3. Is the ability to view and interact via SharePoint (Excel or Reporting Services a la PowerView), web, and/or mobile on the roadmap?

    • Thank you for the question, Daniel! At this time we don’t have any news to share. To stay up to date on everything related to Excel and GeoFlow, keep checking here and let us know if you have any other questions or suggestions. Thank you!

  4. This is super helpful tool. I was playing around some geo data I had. It has great potential in every aspect of work.

  5. Very cool – but struggles with real size datasets on computers that do not have dedicated graphics cards.
    The performance will need to be improved if it is to be usable on the average laptop computer.

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