Microsoft mainstreams business intelligence with new and improved Power BI Preview

Power BI -- iPhone, iPad, Surface

Today is an incredibly exciting day as we unveil the new Power BI – a service we believe will fundamentally transform the “business of business intelligence.” Power BI can help every company adopt a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools and innovative technology that lowers the barrier to entry, for all. For those not familiar with Power BI, it is a cloud-based business analytics service (software-as-a -service) for non-technical business … Read more »

Microsoft to deliver locally hosted Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM services in Japan


From cloud platform to productivity to business apps, the Microsoft cloud is built for business at a global scale, and part of that is making the cloud more efficient and trusted for customers and partners around the world. Last month we announced the expansion of Microsoft Azure which is now available in 19 regions around the globe. Today I’m excited to share that we’re expanding our global cloud footprint with … Read more »

Mining for digital gold with Amir Netz


When you watch the video, you think, wow, the man is cool. Amir Netz is cool. The video in question, which is easily found on YouTube, shows Netz introducing Power BI for Office 365 to an audience of thousands at the 2013 World Partner Conference. Watch it and you’ll see a TED-quality speaker who pretty much owns the room. He’s effusive, upbeat and genuinely funny, even giving a sort of … Read more »

Connecting Microsoft’s mobile and cloud solutions to the universe of data in SAP software

For more than 20 years, Microsoft and SAP have worked together to help customers who run their business on SAP’s mission critical software do so with Microsoft’s industry leading platforms and productivity solutions. Today, I’m excited to announce an extension of our partnership that’s focused on giving enterprise customers increased flexibility and better insights – in the cloud and on mobile devices. Windows Server is a great platform for SAP … Read more »

Weekend Reading: April 25th Edition — Office 365 is free for Brown University students, Microsoft’s energy-saving projects make every day Earth Day


In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Office 365 being available free to Brown University students, Microsoft programs to develop next-generation datacenter designs to boost energy efficiency and a worldwide hackathon this weekend for university women to encourage them to become technological innovators. Brown University has selected Microsoft Office 365 for its 8,600 students, and is using the Microsoft Student Advantage benefit to extend the service to … Read more »

A data culture for everyone


In a mobile first, cloud first world, one of the most fascinating truths is that data is not only consumed but also generated at accelerating rates and exponentially increasing quantities. As computing becomes ubiquitous, engineers and developers are creating new form factors and cloud services that fit into all the nooks and crannies of everyday life. Car dashboards, light switches, HVAC systems, sneakers, etc. Nearly all interactions and experiences between … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Feb. 14th Edition—Make Valentine’s Day memorable with Bing, Windows 8.1, the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store


In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on making Valentine’s Day memorable using apps, the continuing commitment to empowering youth through YouthSpark initiatives and tips to stay safer online. The international day of love celebration known as Valentine’s Day inspired Bing, Windows 8.1, the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store to play Cupid. Bing shared l’amour-related search trends, including most romantic cities, as well as hottest dating … Read more »

Power BI for Office 365 empowers everyone to analyze, visualize and share data in the cloud

The following post is from Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Data Platform Group. On Monday we announced that Power BI for Office 365 – our self-service business intelligence solution designed for everyone – is generally available. Power BI empowers all kinds of business users to find relevant information, pull data from Windows Azure and other sources, and prepare compelling business intelligence models for analysis, visualization, and collaboration.  Modernizing business intelligence … Read more »

Create stunning interactive charts and graphs instantly with the updated preview version of Power BI


Microsoft Office now puts even more self-serve business intelligence capabilities at your fingertips, thanks to a round of significant updates announced in a Data Platform Insider blog post on Wednesday. The updates beef up the data analysis and visualization features of online service Power BI for Office 365, as well as a couple of key complimentary add-ins for Excel, all of which are currently available in preview versions. Here’s a … Read more »