Getting Started with the SQL Server “Denali” CTP3 Image

Head on over and download the VHD from here. The VHD is quite large but has all the pieces you need to quick start your CTP3 experience (what, you mean you haven’t done this already?). Once you’ve downloaded all the files, you’ll need to UNRAR the files to extract the Hyper-V image.  Use your favorite…

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Installing and using PowerPivot for Excel in Denali CTP

For you PowerPivot fans you absolutely have to download and try the new version.  It is just GORGEOUS! In order to get going, here’s a quick guide and some of the new features that are available.  First off my assumption is that you have Excel 2010 (and the latest update of course). Go download the…

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Analytics for Twitter

I am happy to say, we just made available an application that allows you to search Twiitter right from your favorite analysis tool, Excel.  In fact, you can search up to 5 items that then populate the workbook with information on Topics, People, Tone, and lists all the tweets that are brought back.  So how…

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What can HP and Microsoft do for you?

Today’s post is from Daniel Yu, a Senior Technical Product Manger on the Microsoft BI Team. If you’ve been following the latest set of news from HP and Microsoft, you should know that we’ve know that last week HP/Microsoft some very important and exciting announcement for you. It’s not a tablet, but rather something I…

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PowerPivot in eWeek 2010 products of the year….

eWeek has published their top products of 2010 and wouldn’t you know it, MIcrosoft’s PowerPivot is listed.  Here’s a link and the quote eWeek Article – http://bit.ly/i77Kno “One of my favorite products of the year was Microsoft’s free add-in for Excel 2010, PowerPivot. The tool, which adds a new sort of spreadsheet option to Excel,…

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BI announcements @ PDC 2010

Exciting stuff today.  For the first time in Microsoft’s history, PDC is happening on campus to a sold out crowd and were making lots of interesting announcements.  Two that have be stoked are SQL Azure Reporting and the new Windows Azure MarketPlace, DataMarket(codenamed “Dallas”).  SQL Azure Reporting enables you to embed reports into any application,…

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