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Exploring Python in Excel

Are you interested in using your Python skills within Excel? Would you like to share a data science project or visualization as a single Office file? This week on the show, we speak with Principal Architect John Lam and Sr. Cloud Developer Advocate Sarah Kaiser from Microsoft about Python in Excel.

John shares the multi-year journey of adding Python to Excel. He describes how the project moved beyond writing user functions in Python to something much more elaborate. He details assembling a team with diverse skills in interface design, languages, and security.

Sarah discusses the instant convenience of having familiar Python and pandas techniques at your fingertips inside Excel. We cover typical data science workflows and the potential of interactive visualizations within a spreadsheet. We also share multiple resources for you to learn more.

Note: Python in Excel is currently a preview accessible by joining the Microsoft 365 Insider Program and selecting the Beta Channel.


  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:01:53 – Sr. Cloud Developer Advocate Sarah Kaiser
  • 00:02:46 – Principal Architect John Lam
  • 00:04:08 – What is Dev Div?
  • 00:04:33 – Python data science inside Excel
  • 00:09:05 – Designing features with a focus on sharing
  • 00:14:28 – Moving between Excel and Python objects
  • 00:18:20 – What libraries are imported by default?
  • 00:23:11 – Sharing a workbook with others
  • 00:26:12 – Recalculating data workflow
  • 00:30:07 – Working in Jupyter Notebook vs Excel
  • 00:33:03 – Creating a Python object
  • 00:33:38 – Video Course Spotlight
  • 00:35:02 – More history and project team
  • 00:40:19 – Immediate wins of having Python in Excel
  • 00:42:28 – Interactive visualizations
  • 00:44:34 – Answering security concerns
  • 00:49:17 – Limitations and potential
  • 00:54:34 – Creating demo projects
  • 01:00:25 – Resources to learn more
  • 01:02:59 – What are you excited about in the world of Python?
  • 01:10:41 – What do you want to learn next?
  • 01:12:09 – How can people follow your work online?
  • 01:13:26 – Thanks and goodbye

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