There has been a lot of work going on at OSIsoft around the new PI Event Frames(r) functionality, which is part of our PI Asset Framework. Event frames share many of the characteristics of batches, functionally speaking, so recent development efforts have been focused on how to expose the new functionality. Part of the plan is to have a background process that allows the existing BatchView functionality to use the new AF-based data.
As a result, there hasn't been much work done on the existing BatchView tools. There has been some conversation with Microsoft over known issues with the BatchView add-in for Excel, but I don't believe we've gotten any resolution from them yet. With regard to DEP, in particular, the problems there may be related to some of the components used in the existing BatchView client (specifically, some ActiveX controls).
If all you need is a list of batches to provide, for example, time ranges, you might consider either the Batch Search web part in PI WebParts or using one of our PI Data Access components. Of course, you didn't specify how you want to "view data via batches", so my suggestions may not be helpful.
If you'd like some more infomation on the PI Event Frames roadmap, you might want to check out the recorded vCampus webinar from April that I presented along with Chris Nelson. We covered the roadmap of PI Batch moving to PI Event Frames within that presentation. It's very much like Laurie answered above, just with a little more detail.
You can find that webinar at this link.
Laurie / Chris:
Thanks for the feedback. This is exactly what I was looking for. We will begin to investigate the Event Frames.