Silverlight PivotViewer Control released
The Silverlight PivotViewer Control (as Live Labs Pivot is now officially called) has just been officially released. There’s loads of great content on the website here:
There’s also a good post on how to use the Pivot Collection Tool for Excel here:
No sign of that tool for creating collections from SSRS that was demoed at TechEd yet, though.
It is a truly beautiful piece of software and puts to shame all of Microsoft’s previous attempts at BI client tools, although of course it doesn’t actually integrate with any of the rest of Microsoft’s BI stack (I’ve asked a question on the PivotViewer forum about whether there are any plans to fix this here – it really needs to happen). It’s also proves something I’ve said on this blog several times over the years: that the lessons learned in the business intelligence world for visualising and analysing large data sets could bring many benefits to the world of search. Look at this real example of how the PivotViewer control can be used to search for wedding venues in the UK, for instance:
And wouldn’t it be cool if you could use it to browse through the contents of your file system in the way I showed with Excel and PowerPivot recently?