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Power BI February 2024 Feature Summary

Welcome to the Power BI February 2024 update. We’ve got a lot of great features this month. Here are some key highlights: Visual calculations make it easier than ever to do calculations that were very hard or even impossible. The Power BI home provides a centralized location for all your Power BI desktop activities. Fabric Copilot for Power BI can now add measure descriptions to your semantic model measures. The Power BI add in now supports shareable links to make it easier for people to consume reports. The new Explore feature gives you a better understanding of what’s in the data you’re exploring.

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Power BI March 2023 Feature Summary

After almost 10 years, support for Windows 8.1 has ended on January 10, 2023. In line with this, we will stop support for Power BI Desktop on Windows 8.1 on January 31, 2024. After that, Power BI Desktop will only be supported on Windows 10 and newer. The January 2024 release of Power BI Desktop for Report Server will be the last release to support Windows 8.1, and this version will only receive security updates until January 2025 per the Modern Lifecycle Policy.

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On-object | Public Preview (Opt-in)

Introducing On-object! The new way to build and format your visuals. We’ve heard time and again from our user research studies PBI desktop is hard to use. We’ve also seen countless new users struggle to navigate our UI to perform simple actions such as completely missing the fields pane all the way on the right side of the screen, unable to add data to the correct field wells, fishing around the format pane to rename, change colors, or format text styles of their visual. These same users instinctively right-click on areas of the visual expecting a menu to help. Aligning to our new “Office-like” strategy we bring you, on object. A new way to build and format visuals directly on the visual.

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Power BI and PowerPoint: A Powerful Combination for Data Visualization is now generally available

We are happy to announce the general availability of Power BI integration with PowerPoint. This integration makes presentations more engaging and informative by allowing users to create rich, interactive visualizations that can be embedded in PowerPoint slides. The is now available also in national clouds. The integration has also added new features such as the ability to use a single visual, leverage Smart Insights to generate text that summarizes the data in the slide, and a “What’s new” banner to keep users informed of new capabilities.

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