Connect to Internal and External Data Sources (Power Query)
Important This article applies to Power Query, a data analysis feature available for Excel that lets you discover, combine and refine data. You may need to enable Power Query in Excel. You can also download and install the most recent version of Power Query for Excel, which automatically enables it. Power Query technology is also built into the Power BI Designer, which is a stand-alone report authoring and data transformation tool for Power BI.
Power Query provides an intuitive interface to connect and import data from a wide variety of external and internal data sources such as Web sites, files, folders, databases and other sources including SharePoint lists, Microsoft Azure Marketplace, Hadoop file, and Facebook, to name just a few.
For detailed information about connecting to various data sources using Power Query, see Import data from external data sources in the Power Query for Excel Help.
After connecting to the required data source, you can improve the dataset by filtering, shaping, and transforming it using Power Query. For information about improving your data, see Filter, Shape, and Transform the Imported Data.