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Posted by Rob Knies
If you are feeling hungry, you go to the kitchen. If you’d like to take a swim, you head to a swimming pool. If you want to catch a movie, you’re bound for a theater.And, Danyel Fisher says, if you’re interested in data, you open Excel.“Excel is where data lives,” says Fisher, a researcher with the Visualization and Interaction for Business and Entertainment (VIBE) team at Microsoft Research Redmond. “When people have data to organize, in any form, it usually passes through Excel at some point—sometimes, just as a quick way to look at it, and sometimes, with tools like Flash Fill and charting and sorting—that’s where it stays.“Data visualizations are incredibly powerful and fun ways for users to understand their data.”Excel users—and they are legion—are about to find out. On May 23, Fisher and his colleagues, including Roland Fernandez, principal research software-design engineer, published three new data-visualization tools to Apps for Office, a new channel where people can download free apps for the new Office. Those embeddable apps will let Excel users experiment with new data visualizations using their own data. Everything you need to know about the new tools can be found here.
In my many years of data analysis and data management I have never seen a more popular and user friendly tool than Excel.
I'm ready to ramp up and start deploying these tools!
Apps for Office is a really nice way for MS Research to add significant value to Office. Thanks!