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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) that...

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 posted...

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....

Excel Thinks Inside The Box

18 August 2013

It’s official. After months of needing a PhD in Astrophysics to work out which version of Office 2013 you might need, you can now easily purchase a retail SKU that includes Power Pivot and Power View. Excel 2013 Standalone SKU will now include the add-ins when...

When They’re Cleaning Windows

15 August 2013

Since its launch last October, Microsoft has sold more than 100 million licenses for Windows 8, despite its perceived slow adoption by industry analysts.Windows 8 was aimed at increasing Microsoft’s penetration into the fast-growing mobile segment by radically...

Power Query: Adding Power to the Query

8 July 2013

Like Power Pivot and Power Maps (previously a project called “GeoFlow”), Microsoft Power Query is another Excel add-in that enhances the self-service Business Intelligence experience in Excel by enabling customers to easily search / access data, either internal or...

Wake Up Call for Excel..?

16 June 2013

Microsoft has announced its Office suite for iOS devices, with the release of the iPhone app Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers. That’s right: it may be free to download from the App Store, but an Office 365 subscription is required to actually use the application. With no option to subscribe using in-app purchases, it appears Microsoft and Apple are still at odds over the 30% cut Apple takes on IAP on iOS. The UK’s Guardian newspaper reported in late 2012 claimed that this was the main stumbling block to the Office software appearing on iOS. The free download circumvents this minefield presently.

Fresh Start for Windows 8

30 May 2013

After instigating one of the most radical shake-ups of its Windows operating system in recent years, Microsoft has confirmed the much-loved Start button is to returning to the desktop mode’s taskbar for June’s Windows 8.1 ‘preview’ update.Some commentators appear to...

Microsoft Discovers Australia

30 May 2013

At the risk of alienating international readers and appearing a little insular, please excuse us for reporting on a local (Australian) highlight, albeit released to little fanfare.What seems like 35 years after it was released to the rest of the world, Microsoft has...