Microsoft has made big investments in Self-service BI and I believe the most important one is integration with Excel. We've seen Power Pivot integrated with Excel and in Excel 2013 we can see Power View integrated with Excel as well!
In this blog post I will share my experience of downloading and Installing Excel 2013 Preview.
Excel 2013 Preview download
It took me several Google searches to find out where I can download preview and first step is to
32-bit or 64-bit
You will be presented with Office 365 Home Premium Preview screen and I actually came very quickly to the first problem. When I clicked Install button it actually took 32-bit version without giving me choice of 64-bit version. Installation stopped because I had some components installed with 64-bits.
NOTE: 32-bit is recommended by Microsoft. I found out that there some limitations for 64-bit install (most likely work in progress) but I will actually try 64-bit in my case (and if I come across limitation I will most likely use Virtual Machine and install 32-bit)
Below are screenshots of download steps I followed:
You can click Install if you want 32-bit I didn't click Install and I went with Language and install options
and I made my selections and clicked install
Excel 2013 Installation
It's time to install Excel 2013. In my case first step is to click allow to Run (followed by allow to run again on Windows 7)
Second step is configuring. I actually don't know what it is doing here
Next it's connecting to account and I suspect this is Windows Live ID where there is a limit of 5 installs.
Next screen is Welcome to Office. We think you'll love it.... you think so? Let's try it and see. I clicked Next button.
Next screen is First things first... I like Microsoft new approach to be more relaxed and friendly and I accept
Now I'm being prompts to Sign In
Let me put my email address and password
I can chose style?? Let's try it! It seems this is another new approach to make Office fun! ;)
Next step for me is Sky Drive. I already use Sky Drive so I'm not sure if this screen will vary for users without Sky Drive
What is new? I clicked Take a look but it just went to final screen???
It''s not all done!! I got a pop up.
and now Office 2013 opened
Now I need to figure out what I have.... I just wanted Excel 2013! Maybe you don't have to customize it anymore??? I played with option but they seemed to related to PowerPoint??? I closed it and started Excel 2013 using start menu
And this time I have Excel 2013 Preview. I must admit I didn't expect that but it looks like Microsoft is aiming for Windows 8 / Tablet style. Do I like it? It is much simplier so I think I do. It wasn't that difficult to find Blank Workbook option which I clicked.
and I get something I'm much more familiar with
I've checked a few options and it seems Excel 2013 will have noticeable improvements for self-service BI.
My next blog post will be how to use Power View (I hope I can get it working without Sharepoint!)