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  • Microsoft Announces JavaScript Support for Excel Custom Functions

    Microsoft recently announced a developer preview release supporting JavaScript to create custom functions directly in Excel. This addition moves beyond the existing Microsoft Office JavaScript API, which is limited to building add-ins or web applications that interact with the object models in Office host applications.

  • Microsoft Graph Unifies Access to All APIs

    At the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, InfoQ had the opportunity to speak with Gareth Jones, API architect for the Microsoft Graph API which aims at making life easier for developers by providing a unified API endpoint. With the prevalence of Microsoft products in most businesses around the world, it is interesting to see how Microsoft solves this issue at their scale.

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

    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

    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.

  • Hadoop + SQL Server + Excel = Big Data Analytics

    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

    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.

  • Information Radiators: Is low tech really better?

    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

    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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