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Power BI October 2021 Feature Summary

Welcome to the October 2021 update. Leaves fall, Power BI calls; and we are excited to release additional functionality and performance improvements for DirectQuery, optimization for the SWITCH function,  and new Bitwise DAX functions.

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Plan your Power BI sessions at Ignite Nov 2-4, 2021!

As we move into the last third of the year, the Power BI team have had a busy summer working on delivering exciting innovation for you, our community. We have a number of sessions during Ignite delivered by experts which gives you a great sense of the capabilities you can try, deploy or scale for your organization. As with everything we do, we’re grounded on the mission of empowering every individual, team and organization make better data driven decisions. Let’s take a look what sessions you can put into your backpack this Ignite.

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Join Us! Power BI Dev Camp: Thursday 28 Oct 2021 at 11:00 AM PDT

This deep dive session teaches campers how to use deployment pipelines for managing the application lifecycle of datasets and reports and for enabling CI/CD in a Power BI environment. The session explains how deployment pipelines are configured to create dedicated workspaces for developing and testing Power BI artifacts including datasets, reports, dashboards and dataflows.

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Power BI Desktop Installer Changes & WebView2

As mentioned in the June and July feature summaries, we are switching a vital component of Power BI from CefSharp to WebView2. We’re making this switch to better optimize our development and release process (which means we’ll be able to spend more time developing new features!). It also means that you’ll automatically get the latest security patches as the WebView2 team ships them instead of waiting for us to update Power BI Desktop. Please continue reading as we have some important announcements to make and recommended actions for you to take.

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New authentication option facilitates AAS migrations to Power BI Premium at a low price point

We are excited to announce that XMLA endpoints on Premium Per User (PPU) now support Azure Active Directory (AAD) authentication with service principals. This authentication option enables administrative applications to perform automated maintenance tasks and unattended service-level operations by using their own app identities, which is often a requirement for migration of existing tabular data models from Azure Analysis Services and SQL Server Analysis Services to Power BI Premium. For technical details, see the article Automate Premium workspace and dataset tasks with service principals in the product documentation.

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Power BI Unused Artifacts API (preview)

We are pleased to announce the preview availability of our new Unused Artifacts API. The initial version of this API returns a list of datasets that have not been used within 30 days for a specified workspace, and successive revisions will include other artifact types such as reports and dashboards.

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