The release of Office 2013 has brought a lot of things with it and one of the most understated yet powerful feature is the amount of analytics that Excel can provide on a tablet.
Need Excel-Based Analytics On A Tablet? Microsoft Has Your Covered With Office 2013
With all the excitement around office 2013, it is easy to forget about the many powerful underlying features of the individual apps. For those who need analytics on their tablets, Office 2013 provides an excellent means to do so through Excel.
Excel is not just about number crunching — it has been able to communicate with databases for over a decade now. And this enables it to handle analytics, which is now going to be available on tablet near you thanks to Office 2013 and Windows 8. For those who rely on this for their daily work, the idea is a grand one. Absolute portability and usability without losing any of the powerful features. The capabilities that were bolstered by the addition of PowerPivot and its effect on SharePoint, should all be available on a tablet once this new MS Office suite launches.
Once the Power View Data visualization capabilities of SQL Server 2012 are figured in to the equation, we are looking at a very powerful and portable analytics tool indeed. One that can really flourish on a tablet as long as the device is running on an x86 (Intel or AMD) architecture. ARM devices will be limited by design but then those who want desktop replacement for such things will have to go for an x86 Windows 8 tablet any way.
And if you want to try things out right now, a PowerPivot add-in is available right now for previewing with Excel on Office 2013. Not only that, Microsoft has also very thoughtfully added a Power View add-in for Excel, meaning customers will no longer have to depend on SharePoint for it.
As Microsoft moves forward towards making Windows 8 a more robust platform for tablets, it is looking increasingly promising as a complete replacement for traditional desktops. At least for such cases where raw processing power is not required on the immediate device.