BusinessObjects Analysis Office 1.3 is now in ramp-up. I installed it recently and it gives you these features at installation:
As Figure 1 shows you have the option to go back to 1.2 or earlier version. Analysis Office can be installed on 32 bit or 64 bit software systems.
Notice in this screen what is new - Variants, which are saved selection criteria are now included in Analysis Office 1.3. These can be global or user-specific.
So now you can use variants with your Analysis Office workbooks.
Notice in Figure 3 you can now save your workbook to SAP Netweaver (your BW system) and open the workbook from Netweaver. Additionally you can now convert the BEx Workbooks.
You can still save your workbook to the BI platform, which you may want to consider doing to take advantage of Analysis Views where Analysis can be used as a data source to Crystal Reports for Enterprise or Web Intelligence.
Figure 4 shows saving the Analysis Workbook to the BW platform
Figure 5 shows the user settings. You could say your preferred platform is the BI platform or BW.
Converting a simple BEx workbook:
Figure 6 shows a BEx Analyzer Workbook
Click the Convert BEx Workbook button in Figure 7 to start converting the BEx workbook
Figure 8 is the BEx Workbook to convert.
Figure 9 shows the BEx workbook in Analysis Office.
I will write more as I learn about it.