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QuantCell Research Announces First Public Beta of their Java-Aware Big-Data Spreadsheet

by Victor Grazi on  Aug 21, 2013

Big Data analytics startup QuantCell Research has announced the release of the first public beta of what they are positioning as their "Big Data" spreadsheet.

Create and Share 3D Bings Maps with Power Map Preview for Excel 2013

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jul 09, 2013

Microsoft announced the release of Power Map Preview for Excel 2013 at the Worldwide Partnet Conference which enables you to create Bings charts in 3D. It also provides an ability to share scenes and tours with other users in your community.

Microsoft Office Developer Tools - Search Configuration Template, App Validation and Azure Debugging

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 08, 2013

The recently released Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 provides a new search configuration project template, ability to validate apps during the submission process and Windows Azure debugging.

Hadoop + SQL Server + Excel = Big Data Analytics

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jan 24, 2013

Few months back, Microsoft announced HDInsight, Microsoft’s Hadoop distribution for managing, analysing and making sense out of large volumes of data. InfoQ connected with Val Fontama, Senior Product Marketing Manager for SQL Server, to know more about how the Enterprise Big Data @ Microsoft story is panning out.

Microsoft Has Released Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite

by Abel Avram on  Sep 21, 2010

Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite is the latest HPC solution from Microsoft in the technical computing initiative called Modeling the World. Some of the new features include: workstations clusters, accessing the cloud, using SOA, services for Excel, and GPU support.

Working with VBA and Visual Studio Tools for Office

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 09, 2009

Visual Basic for Applications is a dead-end and Visual Studio for Applications isn’t ready for prime time, leaving developers in the uncomfortable position of trying to mix .NET code with legacy VBA macros. Fortunately Visual Studio Tools for Office makes it relatively painless.

Information Radiators: Is low tech really better?

by Chris Sims on  Feb 23, 2009 5

The Extreme Programming Yahoo Group has been discussing the pros and cons of low tech information radiators, such as task boards, compared to high tech tools. The original poster preferred a physical task board to a spreadsheet, but found himself unable to explain why to his boss. The ensuing discussion uncovered a variety of reasons to choose simple physical means of reporting information.

Financial Functions for .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 26, 2008

Luca Bolognese has reimplemented Excel’s collection of financial functions in F#. Released under an open source license, it should prove useful for both learning F# and for porting applications from Excel to .NET.

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