Microsoft releases Power BI Embedded, brings Bing Predicts to Cortana Intelligence

Kellogg Brengel

Back in May at Build 2016, Microsoft announced the preview of Power BI Embedded. This new program allows companies to embed Power BI’s interactive data visualizations in other applications. Power BI customers can then use Power BI’s data visualizations in software for their customers and partners.

Now Microsoft has announced that Power BI Embedded is coming out of preview and will be generally available starting July 11th. Microsoft also announced a few new programs along with Power BI Embedded. Power BI publish to web is generally available starting today. Similar to Power BI Embedded, this allows Power BI user to publish embed data visualizations in websites and blogs. But today’s data focused announcements didn’t stop with Power BI.

Cortana Intelligence with Bing Predicts

Along with these announcements, Microsoft introduced a totally separate new service called Cortana Intelligence with Bing Predicts. This new addition to the Cortana Intelligence Suite uses the expertise of Bing Predict as a consulting service. The Bing Predicts team has made some scary accurate predictions in the past. They accomplish this through a combination of machine learning and social data. Now, through Cortana Intelligence with Bing Predicts, companies can tap into the expertise of the Bing Predict teams to gain insights unique to their businesses.

Cortana Intelligence with Bing Predicts via TechNet
Cortana Intelligence with Bing Predicts via TechNet

In a TechNet post, Microsoft’s Partner Director of Program Management in the Data Group Lance Olson describes Cortana Intelligence with Bing Predicts. Olson calls it:

… an end-to-end consulting program that brings the power of Microsoft’s unique corpus of social, search and web data to let customers enrich and augment their Cortana Intelligence Suite solutions resulting in more accurate outcomes across a wide variety of business problems.

Cortana Intelligence customers can use Bing Predict’s expertise to get data-rich insights into things like “consumer preferences, user sentiment, customer demographics, macroeconomic indicators predictions and industry trends.”

Microsoft Data Science Summit

The last part of today’s post also included an announcement for Microsoft’s first Data Science Summit. The summit will take place alongside Microsoft Ignite on September 26th through the 28th in Atlanta. Attendees will be able to learn more about the latest trends in big data and machine learning, with hands-on sessions and talks by leaders in the field. For those interested in attending, registration opens today.

Today’s flurry of announcements focused on Microsoft’s commitment to providing leading analytics and big data solutions for enterprise customers. As more companies struggle to analyze their growing amounts of data, consulting services like Cortana Intelligence Suite with Bing Predicts could be the solution many enterprises are looking for.