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Teaching Excel and data analysis—one professor’s efforts to prepare students for today’s careers

Should a university teach a course on Excel? I have heard this question a lot. But while doing research for my Ph.D. thesis at Delft University of Technology, I noticed the whole world is run by Excel.—Read more from Felienne Hermans, an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands on teaching Excel to university students.

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Cricket World Cup fever–analyzing the data with Power Query

With the 2015 Cricket World Cup in full swing there’s all sorts of player and team data available to analyze. This is a job for Excel and its data analysis tools—Power Query and Power View.

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BeyondCore’s new apps for Office helps find insights in your data automatically

The U.S. faces a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills. BeyondCore delivers technology that further extends the powerful analytics features of Excel and familiar storytelling environments of Word and PowerPoint to help bridge this gap for business users.

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Exploring Manhattan with Power Map for Excel

New York is an iconic city with a rich history of innovation. I have a lot of family in New York and grew up visiting the city. Now that I’m living in Seattle, thousands of miles away, I thought it might be fun to see if I could explore New York from the comfort of my desk using Excel.

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White House 2016 budget in 3D using Power Map for Excel

An email from Vice President Joe Biden leads to 3D visualizations of the U.S. federal government’s budget using Power Map for Excel.

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3 updates to Excel Power Query

The February update for Excel Power Query is now available to you! This update includes tremendous Performance improvements, a new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online connector and a couple of new transformations supported in the UX.

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Catching a comet with Excel Power Map

The recent news that the Rosetta spacecraft made the closest approach ever to the Comet 67P inspired the Power Map team to plot the trajectory of Earth, Mars, Comet 67P and Rosetta—by visualizing their paths through time.

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Excel Fun—Build 3D graphics from a spreadsheet

From video games to movie special effects, 3D graphics drives today's entertainment. But how do 3D graphics work? How does the computer know where on the screen to put the little dots of color? Motivated by simple curiosity, I wanted to understand this. And for me, to understand means to make an Excel spreadsheet.

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Power Map for Excel–February update for Office 365

In our December update, we promised to have some big things to share about Power Map for Excel in the first quarter of 2015. This month, we are ready to start revealing a few of these great additions.

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First look at the new Power BI Preview

This week Michael Tejedor joins Jeremy Chapman on Office Mechanics to give a first look at the updates to Power BI. The preview announced yesterday adds a number of new Power BI capabilities, including dashboards, new visualizations, support for popular software-as-a-service applications, a native iPad app and live “hybrid” connectivity to on-premises SQL Server Analysis Services tabular models. Michael demonstrates all this and more on the show and explains how to establish a secure connection to on-premises data using Power BI.

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Power Query January update—new connectors and usability improvements

Power Query for Excel enhances the Business Intelligence (BI) experience by simplifying data discovery, access and collaboration. The Power Query team continually works to improve the Power Query experience and their January update includes a new connector—or many new connectors, in this case—and a host of usability improvements.

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Xbox and Power Map team up to analyze game data

In the spring of 2014, the Xbox team asked the Power Map team to help them better analyze data collected from the instrumentation of various games to help them improve performance and the gamers experience.

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