Today, at the Worldwide Partner Conference, we announced a new offering–Power BI for Office 365. Power BI for Office 365 is a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) solution that enables our customers to easily gain insights from their data, working within Excel to analyze and visualize the data in a self-service way. It works with Office 365 to help customers share insights, find answers and stay connected to their data from their favorite mobile devices.
Business data is continuing to grow at an exponential rate and making sense of all of the incoming information is now fundamental to a thriving business. Success can literally be determined by the tools a business makes available to employees as they deal with the flood of data. People love Excel for analyzing data, so we’ve built Power BI for Office 365 right into this experience, making it an even more powerful tool. You may have already seen the Power Pivot and Power View capabilities in Excel and today we continue to extend our BI offerings. Power BI for Office 365 now includes:
- Power Query, enabling customers to easily search and access public data and their organization’s data, all within Excel (formerly known as “Data Explorer“).
- Power Map, a 3D data visualization tool for mapping, exploring and interacting with geographic and temporal data (formerly known as product codename “Geoflow“).
- Power Pivot for creating and customizing flexible data models within Excel.
- Power View for creating interactive charts, graphs and other visual representations of data.
We know that it’s not only essential for people to have the ability to easily identify new insights from their data, but also to collaborate and provide access to that data in a trusted environment. That’s why Power BI for Office 365 extends beyond your existing on premise systems to deliver value within an already trusted service, providing:
- Power BI sites, dedicated collaborative BI workspaces in Office 365 for sharing data and insights with colleagues. The Power BI sites also keep customers’ data up to date with connectivity and data refresh back to their on premise data sources.
- New natural language query capabilities that allow customers to ask questions and get answers. They simply type their question into a dialog box and the system interprets and automatically generates interactive charts and graphs based on available data.
- Connected BI experience, dedicated native apps for Windows 8, Windows RT and iPad to stay connected with your reports and data wherever you are as well as HTML5 support for browser based viewing on any device.
To learn more about how Power BI for Office 365 can help you unlock the insights hidden in your data, check out these two blog posts: What powers Power BI for Office 365? and Introducing Power BI for Office 365. And go here to register for the preview, coming later this summer!
–Julia White, General Manager, Microsoft Office Division