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The difference between Excel Services and the Excel Web App

If you follow Chris Webb’s blog (and if you’re a BI practitioner in the Microsoft space – why aren’t you following his blog?) you may know that I have an interest (Chris calls it an obscure enthusiasm) in developments surrounding Excel and its various online incarnations. One aspect of this that I have always struggled with is the difference between “Excel Services” and the “Excel Web App”. Today, while helping Chris test some of the forthcoming SharePoint/Excel 2013 functionality, I stumbled across a very useful help page that goes some way to explaining it: Comparing Excel Services in SharePoint to Excel Web App.

I don’t expect that resource to be around forever (because it begins so to save you from clicking on a dead link here is a screenshot of the entirety of that help page:


I’m putting this up here for my own edification as much as anyone else’s but hopefully it proves useful to some of you too.


Published Friday, July 27, 2012 1:07 PM by jamiet

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Dan B [MS] said:

Just a quick clarification here, since this is "Beta/Preview" documentation, and I see it's getting picked up a bit in Twitter:

The following are incorrect:

Use a timeline control

 Web App: No.         <-----------SHOULD BE YES

 Excel Services:: Yes

Use slicers

 Web App: No.         <-----------SHOULD BE YES

 Excel Services:: Yes

Change the information that is displayed by selecting different items or measures

 Web App: No.         <-----------SHOULD BE YES

 Excel Services:: Yes



July 30, 2012 3:02 PM

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