Microsoft plans to beef up Power BI with Forerunner Software technology acquisition

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Microsoft announced in a blog post yesterday that they’ve acquired technology from Forerunner Software that “includes, among other things, client-side rendering of Reporting Services (*.rdl) reports, responsive UI widgets for viewing reports, and a JavaScript SDK for integrating reports into other apps.” According to the SQL Server Reporting Services Team Blog post, SRSS users are looking for more out of those reporting services, and this new technology should help bolster SRSS and provide more and better reporting information.

In addition, the Forerunner technology will move the Report Viewer from a purely ASP.NET Web Forms control to a “client-side/JavaScript-based Report Viewer you can integrate into any modern app.”

The blog post cautions that “these are large undertakings,” and there’s no timeline to share as of yet, but this is one more signal that Microsoft is serious about both extending its position with PowerBI, and furthering its goals with acquisitions.