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MVP 2014

2 January 2014

SumProduct is pleased to announce that our MD, Liam Bastick, has been re-awarded Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for Excel for 2014. This award recognises exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their...

I Siena Wanna App

20 December 2013

OK, so we have our winner for the bad headline of the year award, but we thought we would wrap up 2013 with the announcement that Microsoft has released “Project Siena”, a Windows 8.1 app that lets you easily create your own Windows app. It is presently available...


6 November 2013

We thought we’d share this little gem with you that’s been doing the rounds around our office (or should that be “Office”?). As you may or may not know, the new Surface Pro 2 is out now and Microsoft has been going full tilt with the marketing campaigns, viz.

Office 2003 Terminated: Judgment Day Approaches

2 November 2013

Working with our clients worldwide, we still find there’s a significant number of people working with Excel / Office 2003. Microsoft is slowly starting to disengage from Office 2003. In fact if you are still using 2003 products, to ensure that you continue...

New Services Offered

2 November 2013

Apologies to our overseas readers and clients, but we’d like to perform a domestic plug! Although SumProduct works worldwide with our clients large and small, we have had a recent spate of requests for accounting and taxation services / queries back here in Oz....

Windows 8.1 Out Now

17 October 2013

As reported previously (see When They’re Cleaning Windows for more details), Microsoft’s first annual update in what it promised as a yearly release cycle for their operating systems has arrived for the Windows 8 desktop, tablet and Ultrabook. The download seeks to...

Get Back in The Box

16 October 2013

Regular readers are probably getting rather bored with our running commentary on the trials and tribulations of picking up a copy of Power Pivot via the purchase of the Excel 2013 Standalone package.

However, we have it on good authority now (i.e. from Microsoft)...

No Souped-Up Excel For You!

12 September 2013

Sadly, we have to add a footnote to our recent news regarding Power Pivot being available via Excel 2013 Standalone. Some readers have contacted us to say that they have been unable to access this powerful Business Intelligence tool having purchased said software....

Power Maps: September Update

12 September 2013

We’ve talked about Power Maps (“The Artist Formerly Known As Geo Flow”) before (e.g. see Geo With The Flow), but hot off the press, we thought we’d pass on the latest update. Microsoft has announced that Power Map Preview, its final “V1 Preview”, has just been...

A Warm and Fuzzy Welcome

21 August 2013

Ever tried to connect two data sets where the identifier is not precisely the same for the two tables? If this strikes a familiar chord with you, you have probably tried to perform fuzzy matching, whereby modellers seek to link two similar data entries, e.g....