Posted by Kerry Godes
Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

The amount of data available to individuals today is powerful and can spark exciting new insights. But it can also overwhelm. Consequently, organizations are challenged to give employees the tools needed to find and access the most pertinent information, whether across the web or within internal networks.

The Microsoft Data Explorer Preview for Excel 2013 addresses this challenge by providing an intuitive user interface for data discovery and refinement. With the Data Explorer add-in, users can now quickly and easily import data from a variety of sources, including relational, structured, and semi-structured data sets. Sources like Facebook, OData feeds, Windows Azure Marketplace, and big data solutions like Hadoop are now within the reach of any user.

For a quick overview of how Data Explorer enhances the self-service business intelligence (BI) experience in Excel, check out the below video.

For more details, please see the Excel blog. Or for an early look and to try it yourself, download the Data Explorer Preview from the Microsoft Office site.