From a 'first' for analytics to net connector and custom visual additions, the latest updates for Microsoft Power BI Desktop scream "all new" for a greatly enhanced experience. Here is what's new:
Reporting: Better looks, smoother approach
There's an updated filter pane which boosts accessibility.
You can now cross-highlight on a single point on in-line charts to filter on the category and the individual date.
Visual borders have a great new look with a rounded edges, creating a smoother look.
It's out with manual changes for visuals – a simple update of the default visual interaction allows you to cross-filter.
Analytics: first-of-a-kind visualizer
Improvements to the Python & R script editor mean that they now use the same script editor as the DAX formula bar. New to Q&A are insights-related questions and auto-generated suggested questions for the explorer, although you can still add your own queries if need be. The real breakthrough is the AI visualization – it's the first in a planned key influencer visual series.
Custom visuals: free-to-download advanced features
A focused move to promote visuals with advanced features, had brought you 10 new, free-to-download custom visuals (in-app purchases are recommended to get the most out of their full functionality). And here they are:
- Advanced donut visual
- Advanced combo visual
- Advanced timeseries visual
- Advanced network visual
- 3AG systems - line chart with absolute variance
- Summary table
- Ultimate KPI card
- Violin plot
Data connectivity: new & improved
From this month, you have new and improved Live connect and DirectQuery error messages along with the five new partner-developed and maintained net connectors listed here:
- Guidanz' BI Connector for OBIEE
- Microsoft Graph security
- Kronos workforce dimensions
- Qubole Presto
- Sagra Emigo
- Quick Base
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