Power Maps for Excel 2016 – online content in Office is blocked

If you are trying to use the Excel 2016 Power Maps add-in and get a message saying all online content in Office is blocked, you should first check the setting under Options>Trust Center>Trust Center Settings>Privacy Options>>Let Office connect to online services from MicrosoftIt should be enabled.  If this does not resolve the problem, there may be a GPO setting in place that you wouldn’t suspect would cause this issue.

I ran into this issue today and found by enabling the below Group Policy setting it would restrict online Office content.  It was configured to use OrgID only.  Once I removed this setting (set to Not Configured) it resolved the Excel Maps problem.

User Configuration/Policies/Administrative Templates/Microsoft Office 2016/Miscellaneous ‘Block signing into Office’

Update 01/19/17: After reporting this to Microsoft, they have identified the issue and resolved in release 16.0.7369.2102.  I have tested successfully.

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