Microsoft brings 3D maps to Excel users

12 Apr

Gigaom

The PC market might be a hot mess right now, but anyone using a Windows machine for data analysis might be rejoicing a bit thanks to a new Excel add-on called GeoFlow. It’s a tool for visualizing geospatial and temporal data, a use case that’s only going to become more common as the internet of things becomes more real and sensors make when and where are as critical as how much.

And now, if you have up to a million rows of these types of data and are on a newish Windows machine, GeoFlow will let you plot the data over Bing Maps. The visualizations actually look pretty good, and time lapse capabilities are always good when time is a variable.

GeoFlow_StoryLevel_1

I also like Microsoft’s focus on using the tool for storytelling, citing the ability to share findings through “cinematic, guided video tours.” Even though visualizations are getting much…

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