Esri Maps for Office 1.0 release now available!

We’re pleased to announce the release of Esri Maps for Office v1.0 powered by ArcGIS Online.

Esri Maps for Office is a powerful add-in for Microsoft Office that brings the capabilities of Esri’s ArcGIS Online mapping platform to Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint users.

With Esri Maps for Office, you can easily create interactive maps of your organization’s data, enabling you to see patterns that graphs and charts cannot reveal. Any of the interactive maps you create can be embedded in PowerPoint, so you can make your presentations even more impactful. And by leveraging ArcGIS Online, you can quickly and securely share your interactive maps in web pages, blogs, and mobile apps as well as with ArcGIS users.

Within Excel, it takes just a few seconds to create an interactive map of your data. You can map your data regionally, such as by postal code, create point maps that show individual locations, generate heat maps to show where there are concentrations of points, and more. Esri Maps for Office gives you broad control over styling your mapped data, enabling you to make the important facts stand out.

In PowerPoint, maps can be inserted as static images or as “live” maps that you can interact with during your presentations. Live maps allow for zooming in and out, moving around the map, and displaying “pop-ups” with additional information about map features when you hover the mouse over them.

Several updates have been made from Beta to v1.0 to improve the overall performance and experience, including:

  • Improved user experience for adding Excel data
  • Export your point data enriched with location information
  • Notification of errors when finding locations

If you are traveling to the International User Conference in San Diego next week, please come by and see us at the Location Analytics Island in the Esri Showcase!

~Esri Maps for Office team

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  1. dvandenbos says:

    Is there a link to the download? I can’t seem to find the file anywhere.

    • Katy Dalton says:

      Esri Maps for Office is a component of an ArcGIS Online subscription, and cannot be used without a subscription. Existing trial users and ArcGIS Online subscriber administrators will receive an email with instructions for downloading and installing Esri Maps for Office. Trial subscribers are given the download link as part of the trial sign-up process. If you’re an ArcGIS Online subscriber and have not received the download link please contact your ArcGIS Online subscriber administrator. If your ArcGIS Online subscriber administrator does not have the download link, please have them contact Esri Customer Support.

  2. salvaleonrp says:

    How about customers who already have ArcGIS Online for Organizations? When will they be able to download this?

  3. salvaleonrp says:

    Is it compatible with Office for Mac 2011?

    • tgparker says:

      I have the same question. Can anybody provide and answer? It seems as if the integration downloads are windows compliant only.

      • tgparker says:

        Here isi the response I just got from Support:
        Dear Tom,
        ArcGIS for Desktop requires Microsoft Windows, so it is not directly supported on the Apple Mac OS X. If you have an Apple computer running Windows, you can install ArcGIS for Desktop using VMWare, BootCamp, or Parallels. Learn More.
        The ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs for JavaScript and Flex are supported in Safari, the Mac OS web browser.
        Custom applications built with ArcGIS Engine Software Developer Kit are supported on Windows and Linux. However, they are not supported on Mac OS. If you have an Apple computer running Windows, you can install ArcGIS Engine using VMWare, BootCamp, or Parallels. Learn More.
        ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS can be used for application development of custom iPhone and iPad applications. Esri is working on a version of the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Mac OS. This developer kit will allow developers to create custom apps for the Mac OS platform.
        Thank You

    • Katy Dalton says:

      Hi All,

      To echo the information you received from Technical Support, the Esri Maps for Office add-in is not currently supported on the native Mac operating system. As an alternative, you can run Maps for Office in a virtual Windows environment on the Mac OS. Support for the Maps for Office add-in is on the roadmap as Microsoft moves forward with Apps for Office support in upcoming versions of Office on the Mac OS


  4. dsatyajit says:

    Did not get a link to download the ESRI Map for office version 1.

  5. says:

    Where can I download this?

  6. stevenl50351 says:

    We have office 2007: will this still work?

  7. danielri says:

    When will Esri Maps for Office be available to ArcGIS Online for Individuals … the reason ArcGIS Online was initially created.

  8. phocas says:

    It is VERY disappointing to see ESRI nickle-and-diming its clients for a little bity plug-in that is not all that exciting.

    Google Fusion tables has been doing this for more than a year, is FREE, and does all of the above (and more).

    • phocas says:

      Here is another I was made aware of today, from Directions Magazine:

    • Katy Dalton says:

      Hello phocas,
      Thank you for your comments and for highlighting another available option. Certainly, Google Fusion Tables may provide adequate functionality for you and your organization.

      Esri Maps for Office is designed to bring mapping and visualization capabilities to those who may be unfamiliar with professional mapping software. Microsoft Office has over 1 billion users worldwide, and Esri Maps for Office integrates sophisticated mapping into the familiar environments of both Excel and PowerPoint. Both novice and experienced Office users can now map their data and share the information with other members of their organization quickly and easily.

      ArcGIS Online is Esri’s cloud-based, collaborative content management system for your maps, data and other geographic information. A subscription to ArcGIS Online allows organizations to leverage the capabilities of the managed infrastructure for storing, managing, and hosting mapping services. Organization members can easily publish their content for use by others and extend the use of the GIS, maps, and other datasets throughout their organization. The tight integration of Esri Maps for Office with ArcGIS Online allows use of the extensive repository of available geographic information as well as the significant sharing, searching, and collaboration capabilities. Since ArcGIS Online is hosted by Esri, organizations can take advantage of the mapping and sharing architecture without the need for any server software, technical expertise, or infrastructure.

      Below are several more advantages of Esri Maps for Office that you may wish to take into consideration:
      • Visualization and Map Styling – Esri Maps for Office provides sophisticated map styling options including over 400 point, polyline, and polygon symbol and color options.
      • Map Layer Options – With Esri Maps for Office, not only can you add your tabular data from Excel, you can add web maps and layers from both other Maps for Office users and from the ArcGIS Online community.
      • Basemaps – Basemaps provide a contextual reference for your data. Esri Maps for Office provides a variety of street, satellite, topographic, and shaded relief maps as opposed to the limited number of basemaps you may find in other programs.
      • Copy and Paste Maps – Quickly copy and paste the map image from Excel into any other program that supports paste functionality. With just a couple mouse clicks or keystrokes you can add the map image to Word, Outlook, and many other programs.
      • PowerPoint – A map created in Excel or ArcGIS Online can be added to any PowerPoint presentation and viewed dynamically during presentation mode. This means that you can zoom in and out, pan, and display informational pop-ups all while giving your presentation.

      Thanks, and I hope this information helps,


  9. naulston says:

    Happy to see that ESRI has latched itself onto another dying application. Office 2010 was discontinued because nobody wanted to buy it. My guess is that even fewer people are going to want to shell out $150 per year for the rights to Office 2013 or Office 365. It seems as though Fusion Tables are the way to go, especially for sharing previously geocoding content for distribution.

    • Tony Howser says:

      Hi naulston,

      The primary audience for Esri Maps for Office is Business Professionals in business or government organizations. These users are not GIS users and may never have heard of GIS or Esri. Many of the users in this target audience will use Excel for Business Analytics. Excel is one of the world’s most popular spreadsheet applications. In fact, 62% of organizations which take in more than $100M in revenue each year use Excel for business analytics and; for most small to medium organizations, Excel is the primary business analytics tool.

      As of July, 2012, there are 1 billion Microsoft Office users worldwide. This implies that there a lot of people who feel comfortable working within Office and take advantage of its popular features and functionality. Esri Maps for Office brings the visualization, communicative and analytical power of mapping and the Esri platform to the familiar Microsoft Office environment in a non-disruptive manner and; without having to upload and convert their spreadsheets to the Google Fusion Tables format.

      Esri Maps for Office has actually been a very successful product since its release in July, 2012. The product is backed by the Esri platform and over 40 years of geographic know-how. We have recently released our 2.x version of Esri Maps for Office with new Geographic Analysis and Geographic Data Enrichment capabilities. I invite you to explore them by reading about them, viewing some videos, or downloading it for yourself.

      Thank you for your comment.