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Trick or Treat 2015

30 October 2015

We’ve talked about Power Map for Excel before, but now seemed like an opportune time to provide a timely reminder (see the video demonstration below – like many TV programmes, it’s a repeat!). Power Map is a three-dimensional data visualisation tool that lets you look at information in new ways by plotting data on Bing renders of the globe – all embedded in Excel.

Not only can you plot geographic and temporal data on a 3-D globe, you can also show it over time and create visual tours you can share with other people. We’ve actually used to embed informative videos in a PowerPoint display for example. You can use Power Map to:

  • Map data: Plot more than a million rows of data visually on Bing maps in 3-D format from an Excel table or Data Model in Excel
  • Discover insights: Gain new understandings by viewing your data in geographic space and seeing time-stamped data change over time
  • Share stories: Capture screenshots and build cinematic guided video tours.

Check out this impressive seasonal demo from Microsoft: