First big news from the PASS BA Conference: the public preview for GeoFlow is now available. You can download it here:
Here are the official announcements with all the details:
GeoFlow is an addin for Excel 2013 that allows you to visualise your data on a 3D map, to zoom in and explore that data, and record ‘tours’ of this data. It’s a lot of fun! As a taster, here’s a screenshot of a visualisation showing English secondary schools exam results data (average A-Level point score per pupil) broken down by school gender of entry:
UPDATE: one other thing I have to mention is that when this was announced in the keynote at the PASS BA Conference this morning, Amir Netz did an absolutely astounding demo showing GeoFlow’s touch-based capabilities running on a massive Perceptive Pixel screen (I think it was this one: http://www.perceptivepixel.com/products/82-lcd-multi-touch-display). It was possibly the most impressive demo I’ve seen of any Microsoft BI product. Anyway, I got to play on it myself later and it was as cool as it looked. If you’ve got $80000 burning a hole in your pocket then you could do worse than invest in one of these babies.