PI DataLink for Microsoft Office 365 online
Support PI DataLink on Microsoft Office 365's web portal, Office Online (accessible via a browser). Note that PI DataLink already supports desktop installations of Office 365.
For us - this is a vital progression for Datalink, it is much effort to maintain the datalink client on users desktops and laptops, and with network restrictions increasing it is much easier to manage a web based application.
We are using Google Suite. We thus prefer GSuite. However, an online Microsoft Office could be a B plan for part for our users.
Like many of your customers, Microsoft Excel thick clients is going to die since we are moving to more modern technologies using light clients (tablette, light notebook, ...).
We are using PI System on Azure cloud and eagerly want to use PI DataLink on O365 online Excel.
It allows us to get rid of RDS to use PI DataLink.
Already PI ProcessBook has gone and PI Vision is in our hands.
Why not for PI DataLink?
Converting DL to an Office Add-in rather than a VSTO add-in would be a great addition.
Is it possible to make PI Datalink tab available on MS Excel Online ? This will help to get rid of installation of PI DL in all users laptop.
We are Office 365, and datalink works fine.
This really needs to happen, I am facing an open revolt (against PI) if PI Datalink goes away. We tried to move to Click 2 Run Office 365 but PI Datalink did not really work so we reverted back to an MSI installation of MS Office for those who need and use PI Datalink. Which is like 40% of all users.
I understand this request to refer specifically to Office Online. On Office(365) for Windows, PI DataLink works fine, as you mentioned. But making DL work in Office Online would require a new major version, as DL would need to be rewritten as an Office Add-in rather than a VSTO add-in. This would also make DL available for other platforms, such as iOS or Mac.
See this link for more details on Office Add-ins:
Kenneth Barber commented
But PI DataLink works fine on Excel for Office 365... I don't get it...
Are the PI Tools (e.g. DataLink) going to be supported on Office 365?