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|You can now run Python programs within Excel|
|If you subscribe to the Excel Beta Preview channel (and are lucky) you can now insert Python code within Excel. The rest of us may have to wait a bit for the official release, but the wait will be worth it, as this blog shows.|
So data aficionados have hitherto had a choice: work with data in Python (but put up with the lack of glossy user interface), or in Excel (but be limited to Excel formulae). So a typical Python program will take data from an Excel spreadsheet like this one:
Some of the highest-grossing films of all time, adjusted for inflation.
It will then load this into a Pandas dataframe for further analysis (and perhaps charting using a library like MatPlotLib):
A Python program to read in the above worksheet and show all but the first column.
As of Excel 365 build 16818 you will have the best of both worlds:
Loading a Python dataframe from Excel data, and displaying it within Excel.
When will you be able to do this? I suspect not for a while. I heroically signed up for the Beta Insider Channel:
You can see more information about how to switch 365 channels here.
However, I still couldn't see the above feature.
You can see more about how this exciting new feature (including details of Microsoft's partnership with Anaconda) at this Microsoft Tech Community blog page.
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