The first batch of BI Labs projects are available to download for free.
The currently available Labs projects include:
- PivotViewer Extension for Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
- Microsoft SQL Server Data Mining for the Cloud
- Fuzzy Lookup Add-in for Microsoft Excel 2010
As Foley points out, Labs projects are unsupported and can be shut down at any time - so use them at your own risk.
The new labs site demonstrates Microsoft's increasing focus on data analysis. We recently covered Microsoft's Project Barcelona, and we've looked at the Microsoft Research projects Probase and Trinity.
It also highlights the growing interest in business intelligence in the enterprise.