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Gartner recognizes Microsoft as a leader in Analytics and BI platforms for 11 consecutive years

Today we’re thrilled to announce that for the 11th consecutive year, Microsoft has been positioned as a leader in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms.* And for the third year, Microsoft is positioned furthest to the right for completeness of vision within the Leaders quadrant.

Power BI Service and Mobile January Feature Summary

The Power BI service and mobile team is thrilled to kick off the first feature summary blog for 2018! With a new year in full swing, we’ve been hard at work on features to make it easier for you to…

Esri Plus Subscription for ArcGIS Maps for Power BI is now available

Today, I’m happy to announce that Esri is taking ArcGIS Maps for Power BI to the next level by introducing Plus, a subscription service available for purchase from Esri that allows everyday business users in Power BI to do more with their spatial data. What is Plus? In a word: More. More basemaps, more data points, more demographics, more reference layers. It’s a step in our journey to make GIS easy to understand and consume for regular business users. Plus is inspired by many of the feature requests you have made since we introduce ArcGIS Maps for Power BI.

Announcing our incredible lineup of Customer Stories sessions at Microsoft Data Insights Summit

We are very excited to give you a preview of what each of our 18 amazing customers will show you during the Customer Story sessions at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit on June 12 – 13 in Seattle. After much preparation, we’ve boiled down each presentation to 25 minutes with 5-10 minutes of every session focused on demos. We’ve made sure we have depth and breadth of customers across several industries like sports, finance, technology, media, and more with many different capabilities showcased, including Microsoft Power BI, Power BI Mobile, PowerApps, R, Azure Machine Learning, IoT, and more. We wanted to provide a quick look at what you can expect during the event!

Don’t miss these Power BI Mobile Sessions at the Data Insights Summit

The Microsoft Data Insights Summit is our user conference for business analysts — and the place to be for those who want to create a data-driven culture at their organization. Now in its second year, the event is packed with strong technical content, hands-on workshops, and a great lineup of speakers. We recently shared our full session catalog, as well as some of the amazing featured speakers we’ll have at the event. Today, we’re putting a spotlight on our Power BI Mobile sessions. Don’t miss these three great presentations, all delivered by members of our Mobile team who are excited about the future of data on the go!

Introducing the Quick Measures Gallery

In the April release of Power BI Desktop we release a powerful feature called ‘quick measures’ that helps create DAX measures based on templates for common patterns and expressions. You can submit your common calculations that would be helpful for the rest of the community on our new Quick Measures Gallery. We’ll evaluate the DAX statement and may use it as the basis of a future quick measure – you can even get your name immortalized in Power BI Desktop!

Incremental refresh in Power BI Premium

Power BI Premium was announced generally available less than a year ago as the platform of choice for enterprises deploying high-performance, scalable BI systems in the cloud. In the May release of…

Help Improve Power BI

We love hearing feedback from the Power BI community and today we have another quarterly survey to keep improving Power BI with your feedback.

Congratulations to the Winners of the “Bookmarking Feature” Contest!

You may remember that the “Bookmarking Feature” contest launched a few weeks ago to feature the recently updated bookmark feature in Power BI Desktop. We had so many amazing submissions that showcased your creativity as well as the functionality of the bookmark feature. Power BI Program Managers Will Thompson and Amanda Cofsky reviewed each entry and, with great difficulty, have narrowed down the winners!

Announcing Power BI Premium support for larger datasets

Power BI Premium now supports uploading Power BI Desktop (.PBIX) files that are up to 10 GB in size – a x10 increase compared to before.

Watch live: Microsoft Business Applications Summit opening keynote

Can’t make it to Microsoft Business Applications Summit this year? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered – catch the opening keynote live from Atlanta, Georgia June 10 at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

How to govern Power BI visuals inside your organization

Dozens of Power BI visuals come out-of-the box with Power BI Desktop. These visuals are available in the visualizations’ pane when you create or edit Power BI content. These visuals are just the beginning of the available options to help you tell your data story. Learn about the variety of options you get with Power BI visuals and how to manage them in your organization.

Announcing the deprecation of custom visual’s API version 1.1 and older

As of September 1st only API 1.2 and above will be supported.

Connect with the Microsoft Power BI Team at Power Summit Phoenix October 15-18 in Phoenix, AZ

Bringing all Power Platform community together at one special event in Phoenix Oct 15th for collaboration, networking and hands-on learning opportunities

Enable your team with new workspace experiences (preview)

Today, I’m excited to announce the public preview of a new workspace experience in Power BI. The new workspace experience is designed to enable enterprises to easily manage Power BI content at scale using security groups, distribution lists, and Office 365 Groups. When using the new workspace experiences, you can create App workspaces without creating an underlying Office 365 Group. This blog explains what is changing and how you can plan ahead to be ready.

Microsoft Power BI receives the Esri New Technology Integration Award for 2017

Today we’re excited and humbled to receive the 2017 Esri Partner Conference (EPC) – New Technology Integration award for taking map visualization and geo-analytics to the next level by integrating ArcGIS in a new or innovative way. This award from Esri is one additional validation of the work the Power BI team is doing in a partner-centric way, making Power BI a great place for partners to showcase their unique value. From everyone on the Power BI team, we’d like to thank Esri for this recognition and say a big thank you to the dedicated team that spans Microsoft and Esri working to infuse breath into our shared vision of bringing GIS to every business user. If you’re already a fan or curious to learn more, I would like to invite you to join us in Seattle this June for the second annual Microsoft Data Insights Summit.

On-premises Data Gateway management by Region

Power Platform admin center gateway management enhancements

Refresh your Power BI dataset using Microsoft Flow

Today, we are making scheduling of refreshes much more flexible to improve how Power BI works in processes like the ones described above. Specifically, we have added a new Refresh a dataset action to the Power BI connector for Microsoft Flow.

Connect to tens of thousands of datasets on data.world with the new connector for Power BI Desktop (and join the webinar!)

Late last year as part of the December Power BI Desktop release, we launched a new connector for data.world – aka the social network for data nerds. data.world is a platform where people can find, use, share and collaborate with a vast array of high-quality open data.

Jan 23rd webinar: The Powerful Interactions between Excel and Power BI by Tristan Malherbe

See all the interactions between Excel and Power BI (Power BI in Excel, Excel connector, Power BI Publisher for Excel, Analyse in Excel, Export to Excel, push Data model from Excel to Power BI Service) with practical examples and relevant scenarios. Where: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM8xkNyZaTU

Microsoft Data Insights Summit Livestream: day two

The 2016 Microsoft Data Insights Summit has come to a close, but not before another full day of interesting livestreamed panels! Most of the presentations will be available within the next day on the…

Announcing General Availability of Power BI publisher for Excel

Power BI publisher for Excel enables you to take snapshots of important PivotTables, Charts, cell ranges, and more from across all of your spreadsheets to a dashboard, then share the dashboard with your colleagues.

Visualize your Insightly CRM data with Power BI

Insightly is a powerful CRM and project management service that allows you to manage your business more efficiently. The Insightly content pack for Power BI offers greater understanding of your CRM…

Best Report Contest Finalists Announced — Vote Now for the Winner!

On January 7, 2016, we launched the Best Report Contest and asked our users to submit their best Power BI report. Now it’s up to YOU to pick the winner!

Guy in a Cube – How to expand a list of records in a query

This post will look at two different approaches for expanding a record from a list using Power BI and a bit of M syntax. In our specific case, a customer wanted to pull data from a record that was listed in the table output of a SharePoint list.