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MSDN – Great free Microsoft eBooks

July 30, 2012 2 comments

I recently came across this great blog post , with links to many interesting Microsoft eBooks.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz/archive/2012/07/27/large-collection-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-for-you-including-sharepoint-visual-studio-windows-phone-windows-8-office-365-office-2010-sql-server-2012-azure-and-more.aspx

In case you’re wondering , its legit ( it is an MSDN blog after all ). Scroll down for the SQL 2012 eBooks.

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Power Pivot now Built into Excel !!!

July 19, 2012 1 comment

I’n sure that you’ve all heard about Office “15” ( The customer preview of which was made available on Monday ). I’m using it since Monday and so far its great. However , for us BI guys , there have been some really exciting additions to Excel !

Firstly , Power Pivot I now included with Excel – to get it , you have to simply go to File – Options – Add-Ins – Manage COM Add-Ins – Go and then select Power Pivot from the list. The PowerPivot option then appears in the Ribbon for you.

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Hang on – whats this I see there ? Power View ? What could this possibly be ?

Well , this for me is the real exciting news. You can now get Power View inside of Excel !!! This really is a coup for self service BI. I’m going to play with this a bit more over the next few days and post on my experiences with it. So far though it seems that the interface is exactly the same as the one on Share Point.

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