Microsoft makes series of updates to Power BI Desktop

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 25 September 2015
Microsoft makes series of updates to Power BI Desktop

Microsoft has unveiled a series of updates to its Power BI Desktop software.

44 new features have been added, spread across the software’s report authoring, data modeling, data sources and data transformation capabilities.

New features includes report-level filters, drill up/down for column and scatter charts, new page size and page view options, and support for inserting shapes in the report canvas.

Improvements have also been made to the fields pane, making it easier to find fields by name with a new search box, and improved navigation thanks to a new expand all and collapse all function.

In terms of data modeling, users can now use calculated tables and create relationships via drag and drop between two tables in the diagram. Users can also delete relationships in relationship view, and can easily rename or delete tables and columns.

The updates include enhanced support for additional operations within the fields pane, and users can customise the default summarisation operation for any given field in their model.

Power BI Desktop now supports On-Prem Spark distributions and SharePoint lists from non-English sites. Further improvements include enhanced support for Exchange connecter and Excel Workbook Connector, as well as automatic column type detection when importing .XLS files.

Other updates include enhanced Active Directory connector credentials, which allows for alternate Windows credentials, and improved function invocation experience when loading functions from a data source.

A full list of updates can be found on Microsoft’s Power BI blog.

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