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New for Excel 2010: Sparklines!

Guest blogger Sam Radakovitz, program manager for Excel, has a post today on a sparklines, a new feature in Excel 2010.

For Excel 2010 we’ve implemented sparklines, “intense, simple, word-sized graphics”, as their inventor Edward Tufte describes them in his book Beautiful Evidence.  Sparklines help bring meaning and context to numbers being reported and, unlike a chart, are meant to be embedded into what they are describing. 

As you can see, I’m really excited about this new version of Excel, and specifically speaking: sparklines!  Bill Jelen, aka Mr. Excel, and Mike Girvin (Excel is Fun) are as excited as me in this video highlighting sparklines in Excel:


This video shows you how sparklines were born into Excel and how they look:


…and you know I think sparklines are awesome, but you can download the Office 2010 Beta and take a look for yourself!

Sam Radakovitz, Program Manager, Excel