Announced at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 is Power BI for Office 365:

Power BI for Office 365 is a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) solution that enables customers to easily gain insights from their data, working within Excel to analyze and visualize the data in a self-service way.  It works with Office 365 to help customers share insights, find answers and stay connected to their data from their favorite mobile devices.  It includes the following:

  • Power Query, enabling customers to easily search and access public data and their organization’s data, all within Excel (formerly known as “Data Explorer”).  Think of it as intelligent, personal ETL with specialized tools to pivot, transform and cleanse data obtained from web-based HTML tables and data feeds.  See Microsoft Data Explorer
  • Power Map, a 3D data visualization tool for mapping, exploring and interacting with geographic and temporal data (formerly known as product codename “Geoflow”).  It uses advanced 3-D imaging to plot data points on a global rendering of Bing Maps.  See Geoflow Preview for Excel 2013
  • Power Pivot for creating and customizing flexible data models within Excel (formerly known as PowerPivot – notice the space between the words).  It allows large volumes of related, multi-table data sources to be imported into an in-memory semantic model with sophisticated calculations.  See SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): PowerPivot
  • Power View for creating interactive charts, graphs and other visual representations of data.  See SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): Power View (“Project Crescent”)

Other new features are:

  • A Data Management Gateway which enables IT to build connections to on-premise data sources and schedule refreshes. Business users always have the most up to date reports, whether on their desktop or over their device
  • BI Sites, dedicated workspaces optimized for BI projects, which allow business users to quickly find and share data and reports with colleagues and collaborate over BI results
  • Real-time access to BI Sites and data no matter where a user is located via mobile devices. Customers can access their data through the browser in HTML5 or through touch-optimized mobile applications for Windows 8, Windows RT, Surface and iPad devices.  This means the Power View visualization tool in the hosted product comes in 3 new flavors: native Windows 8 app (runs on desktop, Surface RT & Pro), native iOS (targeting the iPad) and HTML5 (works on practically any newer device).  There has been no news yet about a non-Silverlight replacement for the on-premise version of Power View
  • A natural language query experienced called Q&A which allows users to ask questions of their data and receive immediate answers in the form of an interactive table, chart or graph
  • New capabilities which allow more active users or data stewards to manage and monitor the data views created for their individual and team’s analysis

The public preview of Power BI for Office 365 will be available this summer.  You can sign up now at http://www.office.com/powerbi to be notified when the preview is available.

Not that Office 365 is really just a different way of paying for Office 2013, with some cloud services included.  You need to have an Office 365 subscription to get a hold of Power Query and Power Map on the desktop, and also to get the cloud-based BI services.

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