Microsoft Garage releases the new ‘SandDance’ data visualization solution

SandDance, a new Microsoft Garage project from Microsoft Research, helps you visually explore data sets to find stories and extract insights.

SandDance broadens BI data visualization to both the forest and the trees

2 years ago
SandDance helps you visually explore datasets to find stories and extract insights. Available as a standalone Web-based tool and a custom Power BI visual, SandDance is different in that it shows all the data organized into aggregations, allowing users to see both overall patterns as well as individual outliers. Learn more and download the app: […]


By using easy-to-understand views, a touch-based interface, and animated transitions between views, SandDance helps you find insights about your data, which in turn help you tell stories supported by data, build cases based on evidence, test hypotheses, dig deeper into surface explanations, support decisions for purchases, or relate data into a wider, real world context.


All transitions are animated to help users maintain context as they explore or present the data.



StackView lets users see their data organized into 3D bins.


Five Key features:

  • Runs in your browser
  • Handles multi-dimensional datasets of hundreds of thousands of rows and 30 columns
  • Uses unit visualizations, which maintain a one-to-one mapping between rows in your database and marks on the screen
  • Shows a large number of related views by changing how marks are organized, along with their color, size, and shape
  • Creates smooth transitions between views to help maintain context as you interact with your data


Three cheers to SandDance!



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