If you’ve been following my recent Excel Videos, I’m starting to demonstrate some of the new Excel Business Intelligence tools. Here are two recent Office blogs that give you a feel for the direction Microsoft is taking with Excel 2016 and their new cloud-based Power BI tool.
My preliminary take is that Microsoft is moving some of the tools that used to require the professional version of Excel to the mainstream version of Excel (Power Map apparently about to be renamed 3-D Maps), allowing some of the Power Query features to be accessed from mainstream Excel, and pushing Power View users more to the cloud based Power BI.
I’m not rushing out to get the preview version of Excel 2016. I use Office 365, so I’ll get the 2016 version when Microsoft’s ready. Microsoft seems to be adding features to Office 365 faster in an effort to get folks to buy into their subscription model.
I plan to demonstrate Power View, Power Map, and Power BI in Nashville at Annual Conference. I think today’s the early bird deadline for a deal on registration.
Have a great weekend.