Today Avi Singh and I met with Howie Dickerman from Microsoft to discuss the Power Pivot for Excel Add-In. You can read the background to this meeting at my blog post last month. Howie is the Program Manager assigned to Power Pivot for Excel and has a wealth of experience with Excel and other products. I shared all the comments that people added to my blog post from 19th October. The great news is Howie is already crystal clear about the problems. We had a great discussion about the plans that Microsoft has for improving stability and performance for the Addin. And there definitely is a plan. Like any software project it is impossible to say when we will see something, but I am just excited that there is a plan.
How You Can Help
Microsoft already has a clear understanding of the areas that need some work. What Microsoft needs more than anything is a set of structured steps that will reproduce an issue – any issue you have. From experience this is very hard to pin down. If you know how to reproduce an issue, please send me the steps to reproduce it (you can add to the comments below or send me a message via my home page).
Note: I realise lots of people have had a bad experience at times. I am explicitly looking for “reproducible steps” here. This means that when you follow these steps it will always (or often – eg 1 in 4) cause the issue. If it is not reproducible then the information cannot help for this next phase.