I heard a few months ago that Office Web Components were not going to be included in Office 2007 and wouldn’t be developed any further; here at last is the official confirmation from the Excel 2007 blog:
We’re meant to use Excel Services or Excel instead – and I’m sure that you’ll probably agree that neither of these are ideal (unless you’ve drunk the Office 2007 Kool-aid) replacements for scenarios where people have been using OWC to connect to Analysis Services. For instance, how would you replace OWC in BI Development Studio with either Excel or Excel Services? What we really need are a set of .Net pivot table controls similar to CellsetGrid or the Dundas equivalents. I feel a Connect coming on…
UPDATE: I just read the following interview with Alex Payne on www.tdwi.org:
I quote: "[So one of] the things we’re going to do is make the ProClarity objects be able to be used by more people than ever before….When I look at things like decomposition trees and perspective and other things they have in their arsenal, we’re going to use that stuff to help us go deeper. " Perhaps we’ll see the Proclarity controls positioned as the OWC/AS replacement?