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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:
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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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???
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.
Is the ability to view and interact via SharePoint (Excel or Reporting Services a la PowerView), web, and/or mobile on the roadmap?
This is super helpful tool. I was playing around some geo data I had. It has great potential in every aspect of work.
Use and promote 3D wisely and with caution where it truly makes sense (ie. scientific applications). The GeoFlow Heatmaps are GREAT...but the 3D Bar Charts are a terrible practice.
Refer to Stephen Few, Data Visualization Best Practices thought leaders www.perceptualedge.com/blog Also Mary Spear author of Practical Charting Techniques: "While some 3D visualizations are interesting and attractive, they are for the most part practically impossible to read or interpret directly. Comparisons are difficult to make, and scales had to be visually adjusted so amounts can be read. Such processes require mental and optic gymnastics."
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.
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!