by C&E Blogger

Hot on the heels of the release of Power BI for Office 365 earlier this month, today Microsoft announced that Power Map is now native to Excel for Office 365 ProPlus customers. With Power Map, users can create 3D visualizations for mapping, exploring and interacting with geographical and temporal data in the familiar interface of Excel. Power Map builds on other BI functionalities in Excel such as Power Query and Power Pivot to give people a powerful new way to work with data in the familiar interface of Excel.

Going forward, Power Map will be automatically updated to include the newest features, including new types of data visualizations, 3D analysis and storytelling capabilities. Power Map also now supports all 40 languages that Office supports with this general availability.

Microsoft customers are already using Power Map to find insights on their data. For example, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) uses Power Map to display building energy usage in a map-based format. For more about CMU’s BI solution, check out the case study.

For more information on the general availability of Power Map, check out the Power BI blog.

Power Map’s general availability as a native Excel capability is one of many updates announced today as part of the release of Service Pack 1 for Office 2013. For more information on those updates, check out the Office blog.