Microsoft Power Query for Excel enhances self-service business intelligence (BI) for Excel with an intuitive and consistent experience for discovering, combining, and refining data across a wide variety of sources including relational, structured and semi-structured, OData, Web, Hadoop, Azure Marketplace, and more. Power Query also provides you with the ability to search for public data from sources such as Wikipedia.
With the Power BI Preview edition, you can share and manage queries as well as search data within your organization. Users in the enterprise can find and use these shared queries (if it is shared with them) to use the underlying data in the queries for their data analysis and reporting. For more information about how to share queries, see Share Queries.
With Power Query, you can
- Find and connect data across a wide variety of sources.
- Merge and shape data sources to match your data analysis requirements or prepare it for further analysis and modeling by tools such as PowerPivot and PowerView.
- Create custom views over data.
- Use the JSON parser to create data visualizations over Big Data and Azure HDInsight.
- Perform data cleansing operations.
- Import data from multiple log files.
- Perform Online Search for data from a large collection of public data sources including Wikipedia tables, a subset of Windows Azure Marketplace, and a subset of Data.gov.
- Create a query from your Facebook likes that render an Excel chart.
- Pull data into PowerPivot from new data sources, such as XML, Facebook, and File Folders as refreshable connections.
- With the Power BI Preview edition, you can share and manage queries as well as search data within your organization.
Power Query Data Sources
- Web page
- Excel or CSV file
- XML file
- Text file
- SQL Server database
- Windows Azure SQL Database
- Access database
- Oracle database
- IBM DB2 database
- MySQL database
- SharePoint List
- OData feed
- Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS
- Windows Azure Marketplace
- Active Directory
- Requires Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office 365 ProPlus.
- Supports 32-bit or 64-bit machines. If you are using the 32-bit version of Excel 2013, you must use the 32-bit version of the add-in. If you are using the 64-bit version of Excel 2013, you must use the 64-bit version of the add-in. The two versions are not interchangeable.
- Requires Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2 (requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0).
- Download and install Office 365 ProPlus.
- Make sure Excel is not running.
- Download and install Microsoft Power Query Preview for Excel.