Three days ago I wrote a rather scathing blog post Power View in SkyDrive where I criticised Microsoft’s collaboration story in Excel 2013 in its various guises. I said then:
I clicked on one of those workbooks in order to view it in my web browser and I saw this:
“Unable to load the requested workbook”
Oh, did they forget to tell you? Workbooks containing Power View reports cannot actually be viewed on SkyDrive
Well, it transpires that something has changed in the interim because I tried it out this morning and saw this:
OK, I still can’t see the Power View report but nonetheless at least it gives me an explanation this time and I am assuming that did the data connections not have to be refreshed then this would work – that’s better news (I’m still confused as to why an inability to refresh connections prevents me from seeing the Power View report given that some data does already exist in the workbook, let’s save that whinge for another day). At least I am seeing something informative and there is an image that alludes to the existence of Power View. One important point; the above screen, even though it does not show anything useful, still requires SilverLight and that is not a surprise to me.
I must stress that I have not done anything different today from what I did three days ago, I simply clicked on the workbook within SkyDrive (it behaves the same on both IE & Chrome by the way). So, either they’ve updated the web app on SkyDrive or three days ago there was a temporary glitch.
OK, so we have some progress. I’ll continue investigating and if I find anything out I shall post it here.