"Data Explorer" is now Microsoft Power Query for Excel

Along with the Power BI related announcements at the Worldwide Partner Conference on July 8 2013, we are pleased to announce that Microsoft Power Query for Excel (previously known as codename “Data Explorer”) has reached General Availability and is now available for download. Please follow the Power BI blog for future updates and how-to articles…


Watch the Data Explorer session at TechEd North America 2013

As many of you may know, TechEd North America happened a couple of weeks ago in New Orleans (LA). During the event, there were quite a few sessions showcasing Data Explorer (including the Day 1 Keynote), but we wanted to specifically call out Faisal Mohamood’s session: Microsoft “Data Explorer” for Excel – Discover, Combine and…


Using Data Explorer and Geoflow to decide where to go for dinner!

Data Explorer and Geoflow are the new additions to the Self-Service BI tools in Excel. But as you will see in this post, Self-Service BI can become truly personal depending on the nature of the questions that you are trying to answer… This got demonstrated yesterday in a blog post on the Microsoft BI blog:…


Announcing the Data Explorer June Update

It’s a warm and sunny Monday afternoon in Redmond and that means a couple of things: mid-June Summer weather is here and it is about time to announce the Data Explorer June update. This update contains several quality improvements and bug fixes, including the fix for the interaction issues between Data Explorer and the VBA…


From Data to Insight & Impact using Data Explorer, Power View and GeoFlow

Earlier this week, a great video was published to the Microsoft BI blog demonstrating how to discover interesting public data using Data Explorer, import and shape it to empower amazing 2D and 3D visualizations in Power View and GeoFlow. Using Microsoft’s Self-Service BI tools, Marc Reguera (Microsoft Finance Director) was able to get insights about…


Data Explorer May update is available now!

As some of you may have already noticed, we released a new Data Explorer update on Friday. You can get it from our download page or by clicking the Update button in the Data Explorer ribbon tab. This update includes lots of bug fixes and quality improvements, as well as a couple of new features…


Data Explorer Online Search Overview

Working with data to gain new insights not only involves dealing with the data that you already have but also being able to find additional data to complement your analysis. In many cases, this additional data is publicly available to everyone but it has been traditionally difficult to find and to leverage in your analysis….


A new build of “Data Explorer”, and an Auto Update feature

Hi everyone! We hope you have been enjoying Microsoft “Data Explorer” Preview for Excel.  We certainly have been having a fun time looking at the overall response and going through all the feedback you have been sending along. We would like to thank you for taking the time to send us feedback. We would like…