Announcing new Excel 2013 BI stability and usability improvements

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Recently we 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 and Power View are involved. For this release we eliminated over 120 bugs, crashes and hangs and introduced two new important usability improvements that aim to make the analysts’ work smoother.

If you have automatic updates enabled for your Office 365 subscription, you should receive the latest Excel update soon. If you don’t have automatic updates enabled in Excel, go to File > Account > Update Options > Update Now.

If you are running a perpetual Office edition then you will need to install the following updates through Windows Update or Microsoft Download Center – KB2910929, KB2899498, KB2899505 and KB2920734.

For more information on the content being included in this update, please read the official announcement on the Power BI blog.


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  1. Hi, one of these updates (not sure whic exactly – we have click-to-run version of Office so we can’t remove a specific update) breaks previously working PowerView sheets in our Excel 2013 files. The PowerView report works for a short while after opening the file but the UI completely disappears after some fiddling around. Clicking PowerView button in the ribbon after this happens results in “HRESULT E_FAIL” error.

  2. Hi Excel team!

    Great work! Just a quick question, would it be possible to increase the 255 character limit for MATCH and VLOOKUP in a future version of Excel?


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