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  • Your top 10 favorite Excel posts of 2013

    The most popular Excel blog posts of 2013 reflect your interest in the new capabilities we've added to Excel this year, including exciting updates to Web Excel and the release of Power Map for Excel. Other favorite posts offer valuable Excel tips and tricks for Excel beginners and experts alike. ...( read more ) Read More...
  • We've updated Excel Web App: What's new in November 2013

    About six months ago, we announced that Excel Web App and all Office Web Apps are destined to become a comprehensive productivity experience on more browsers and devices--not just companions to the desktop applications. In June, we released a major update, and I’m excited to share another significant step forward with you today! Let’s look at some of the awesome new things you can do in Excel Web App now, in both SkyDrive and Office 365, and also take a peek at some of what’s coming...
  • Excel Web App - What's now available in a browser near you?

    This blog post is brought to you by Dan Battagin, Group Program Manager for the Excel Web App team. Greetings - I hope everyone's been enjoying the content on the blog over the last few releases, and that everyone's excited to see what's coming in the next version of Office , Excel, and the Excel Web App. Jane mentioned in her last post how we went about deciding what to invest in, and today I’ll share with you some of the broad investment areas for the browser-based versions of...
  • Windows Touch & Excel 2010

    Thanks to Robin Wakefield for putting together this post on touch. With the new Windows 7 Touch platform you now have the ability to interact with applications by touching the screen. This paradigm is a huge success in the mobile market and as the hardware evolves, applications utilizing touch input will become more broadly available. We will likely begin to see touch as the primary interaction method for some PCs such as wall mounted displays used as a kiosk as well as to enhance the experience...
  • Migrating Excel 4 Macros to VBA

    Thanks to Eric Patterson for writing this blog post. As promised in our Programmability Improvements in Excel 2010 , here are more details about the Excel 2010 improvements to aid in migrating Excel 4 Macros to VBA. Excel has a macro facility, known as Excel 4 macros (XLM for short) that was the primary macro language prior to the introduction of VBA in Excel 5.0. Most people have long since migrated their Excel 4 macros to VBA; however, some Excel 4 macro capabilities were missing from VBA, which...
  • Offloading UDF’s to a Windows HPC Cluster

    Thanks to Gabhan Berry for putting together this series on high performance computing. In my previous post I discussed how we have enabled workbooks to be calculated on a Windows HPC cluster. In this post, I’ll describe the other piece of HPC integration we have developed in Excel 2010: offloading the calculation of UDFs to a Windows HPC cluster. Overview User defined functions are one of the most popular pieces of Excel extensibility. UDFs enable customers to create their own worksheet functions...
  • Calculating Excel Models on an HPC Cluster

    Thanks to Gabhan Berry for putting together this series on high performance computing. In a previous post , I introduced the work we have done with the Windows HPC team to enable customers to calculate Excel models on a Windows HPC cluster. In this follow up post, I go a little deeper into how we can harness the utility and power of Excel 2010 and Windows HPC to solve complex modeling problems. Modeling Complex Systems using Excel 2010 and Windows HPC Mathematically modeling complex problems is far...
  • Excel 2010 and High Performance Computing

    Thanks to Gabhan Berry for putting together this series on high performance computing. In this post, I introduce the work we’ve done with the Windows HPC team to integrate Excel 2010 with cluster computing. This is a high level overview and I’ll follow up with the technical details in later posts. High Level Overview of Excel 2010 and Cluster Computing High Performance Computing (HPC) is a branch of technical computing that uses supercomputers and cluster computing to solve computationally intensive...
  • Management Features of PowerPivot for SharePoint

    Thanks to John Hancock from the PowerPivot team for putting together this post. Previous articles have covered some of the features of PowerPivot for Excel, and shown how PowerPivot helps users build really powerful BI applications right in Excel. We have described some of the PowerPivot for SharePoint features on this blog as well as the PowerPivot blog , so for this article I will be focusing on the features that we provide to help IT to manage and understand the self-service BI activity. Self...
  • Programmability Improvements in Excel 2010

    Thanks to Danny Khen for putting together this post. What’s new? Excel has been a platform for developing business solutions for a long time now. Developers write code to customize and extend Excel in many ways – automating Excel operations, user interface customizations, data entry forms and extending Excel formulas with user defined functions, to name some key ones. Many developers create very complex applications, which have demanding requirements and push Excel to its limits, so developers are...
  • Table Improvements in Excel 2010

    Thanks to Ben Rampson for putting together this post. In today’s article I will outline three features in Office 2010 that improve table interaction in Excel. These feature additions build on the work started Excel 2007, addressing areas with significant customer feedback and further improving the feature area. The first table improvement feature, AutoFilters in sheet headers, builds on work completed in the previous version of Excel. In Office 2007, when the table header of a selected table is scrolled...
  • Editing in Excel Web App – Part II

    Today I’m going to continue on with our baseball stats tracking workbook example and talk more about the editing capabilities in Excel Web App. If you haven’t read Editing in Excel Web App – Part I though, I suggest you check it out first. Working with your data So now you’ve got a great looking workbook with lots of data and formulas. You send it out to your team and are sure that everyone will love it, and they do…sort of. Your team is picky. They want to “analyze” the data. The want to easily...
  • Excel Web App 2010 Overview

    Thanks to Steve Tullis for putting this together. Way back in November 2009, I wrote a short blog post announcing the two browser-based solutions the Excel team is delivering as part of the Office 2010 wave of products: Excel Services: Version two of our real-time, interactive, Excel-based reporting and dashboard capabilities which ship as part of SharePoint Server 2010. Also included are APIs which enable rich business application development. Excel Web App: The companion to the Excel client which...
  • Introducing the JavaScript Object Model for Excel Services in SharePoint 2010

    Thanks to Christian Stich , a consultant working on Excel Services projects, for putting together this series on the Excel Services JavaScript Object Model. Excel Services 2010 has added two entirely new programming APIs: The REST API which I covered in an earlier series of posts and the JavaScript Object Model (JSOM) which I will discuss in this post. The JavaScript Object Model (JSOM) enables a whole new set of solutions using Excel Services. With the JSOM it is possible to detect and react to...
  • Uncovering Publish to Excel Services in Excel 2010

    Thanks to Amy Lin for putting together this post. In Excel 2007, we introduced the ability to publish workbooks to SharePoint. This feature enabled users to upload Excel workbooks (or specific workbook items) on to their SharePoint sites for people to view and interact with using Excel Services. In Excel 2010, this feature has all the same functionality but the entry point has changed. For the Technical Preview/Beta users, the entry point will look different since these changes will be reflected...
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