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Nov 7, 2012 - Microsoft released SQL Server 2012 SP1

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Nov 7th, 2012 - Microsoft released SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1). You can download related Microsoft SQL Server 2012 PowerPivot for Excel 2010 with SP1 from here...

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 service packs are cumulative updates and upgrade all editions and service levels of SQL Server 2012 to SP1. This service pack contains SQL Server 2012 Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) and Cumulative Update 2 (CU2).

For most SQL Server components, SP1 is just a collection of patches and bug fixes, but for Business Intelligence scenarios, SP1 is much more than just a service pack. SQL Server 2012 SP1 is specifically released to accompany the release of Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013.


In brief summary, here are the highlights for BI in Excel 2013 and SQL Server 2012 SP1:

  • Self-service BI capabilities natively integrated into Excel 2013: The xVelocity in-memory analytics engine that underpins PowerPivot for Excel 2010 and SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services is now natively integrated into Excel 2013. Without using the PowerPivot add-in, users can start in Excel and import hundreds of millions of rows of data from multiple data sources, mash them up, and perform analysis using pivot tables, pivot charts and slicers in Excel. The PowerPivot add-in is also installed with Excel 2013 and can then be used to further enrich the Data Model powered by the xVelocity engine. PowerPivot also includes a new data categorization and recommendation capability and a new improved DataMarket import experience. Moreover, Excel users can now create stunning, interactive reports and visualizations using Power View, which is also installed with Excel 2013. Both PowerPivot and Power View now support 40 languages, including right-left languages, which truly helps to bring our BI capabilities to a broader audience.
  • Flexible SharePoint integration Excel Services leverages Analysis Services and Reporting Services to provide data analysis and exploration interactivity in the browser, sharing, collaboration and data refresh of workbooks with xVelocity data and Power View reports. A redesigned PowerPivot for SharePoint architecture gives IT organizations more control over the deployment of BI capabilities in each farm. Also, SharePoint 2013 supports corporate deployments and significantly improves governance and compliance over the self-service BI assets. SQL Server 2012 SP1 is required for server side compatibility.

Beyond the integration with Office, Power View in Reporting Services offers cool new capabilities, ranging from new visualizations, such as Bing maps and pie charts, new formatting abilities, such as backgrounds and themes, and better support for images and URLs. Hierarchies and KPIs enrich the analytical capabilities

List of fixes related to PowerPivot:


ReleaseBug numberKB NumberDescription
CU2 950925 2721122 FIX: "Could not open embedded Powerpivot data" error message when a non-administrator user starts SQL Server 2012 PowerPivot for Excel 2010
CU2 894873 2720619 FIX:Calculated column that uses the RELATED function c in DAX contains empty values in SQL Server 2012 PowerPivot for Excel 2010 or in Analysis Services Tabular models
CU1 885539 2636425 FIX: Incorrect result when you update multiple Excel 2010 worksheets that use PowerPivot for Excel 2010 at the same time in SQL Server 2008 R2 or in SQL Server 2012
CU1 893254 2693568 FIX: Out-of-memory error when you run a DAX query against a Tabular model in SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services


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