PowerView Feature Comparisons

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PowerView experience will be delivered across several Microsoft products:

  1. Excel (fat client)
  2. Excel Services (SharePoint)
  3. SharePoint – SQL Edition
  4. Office 365
  5. PowerPoint

I get a lot of questions as to what features are supported across all these deployment scenarios. Luckily Microsoft shared a slide that I will attempt to reproduce here that explains what features work where and how.

Feature

Excel

Excel Services

SharePoint/SQL

Office 365

All visualizations

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Power View Authoring

Yes

No

Yes

No

Cross Visualization Interactivity

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

External Images

Yes, anonymous

Yes, anonymous

Yes

Yes

Workbook or model size

Max Workbook Size

AS Limits

AS Limits

10MB

Export to PowerPoint

No

No

Yes

No

Reorder Power View views

No

No

Yes

No

Connecting to multidimensional UDM

No

No

Yes

No

Offline Mode

Yes

No

No

No

Multiple External Models

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Report Zoom

No

Browser Zoom

Browser Zoom

Browser Zoom

Reading and Presentation mode

No

No

Yes

No

Windows RT support

No

No

No

No

Windows 8 Pro support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

There are several interesting points to make here.

  1. Microsoft thinks of “Export to PowerPoint” as a feature as opposed to thinking of PowerPoint as another environment for Power View like Excel even though the PowerPoint does support the authoring capability as it is outlined here
  2. There seems to be some fragmentation in several important features such as ability to support multidimensional models and multiple external models
  3. No Windows RT support is very annoying (given the fact that RT is happily supporting Flash but not Microsoft own Silverlight). I understand (although do not agree with) that Microsoft had to scale down the RT functionality in order to please its hardware partners; however, I do not understand why I do not even have an option to BUY the missing functionality such as Silverlight, Outlook, etc. (or rather the entire Office Professional) for Windows RT. As I mentioned before, I love the Surface from the hardware perspective, however, I believe that I should be able to have an option to upgrade my user experience to the full featured product for additional $$$ if I have to

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