Here’s how Microsoft executives are using Power BI

The Customer Data and Analytics (CDnA) team at Microsoft enables strategic data insights that shape the entire organization, from high-level leadership policies to small product decisions. Both CDnA and the Power BI product have mutually benefited from a close relationship since the Power BI public preview in 2015. In fact, the early and ongoing input from this internal Microsoft team and its users has helped make Power BI the “enterprise ready”, robust, and feature-rich platform it is today. Learn more about the relationship between Power BI and CDnA, and how they use reports and dashboard to help run one of the world's largest and fastest moving companies.

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Power BI Developer community August update

We've decided to start posting regularly to our dedicated community of developers in a monthly post. We'll gather all the news, tips and tricks, canonical scenarios, and best practices for developers who are integrating, enhancing, or embedding Power BI. We'd love to hear back from you to make sure we're providing you the most relevant info we can. Now let's look at the summer updates for Power BI Embedded and custom visual development!

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Visio custom visual is now in Public Preview and available in the store

We are pleased to announce the Public preview of the Visio custom visual for Power BI. The Visio custom visual will allow you to visualize data using Microsoft Visio diagrams from within Power BI dashboards and reports. Any Power BI user can add Visio custom visual from the store (get it from the store) to start using this capability right away. Learn more about this new feature and discover ways it can help you make informed decisions about your business even faster.

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Bringing more text analytics to the Bing News Solution Template

We are excited to announce support for ‘bring your own entities’ for the Bing News solution template! The Bing News template allows brand managers to find articles most relevant to them by filtering on sentiment, trending topics as well as entities like locations, organizations and people. One of the most common feature requests we received was the ability to define your own list of words and use that to slice your data. A product manager may want to e.g. create a list of products or company names and use that to slice and dice collected news articles. Read on to find out how you can incorporate your own entities into the news template today!

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Announcing the Power BI Solution Template for Azure Activity Log Analytics

Today we are excited to announce the release of the Power BI solution template for Azure Activity Logs. This template provides analytics on top of your Activity Log in the Azure Portal. Gain insight into the activities performed by various resources and people in your subscription. Get started with historical analysis on your last 90 days of Activity Log data, and let an Azure SQL database accumulate these historical events in addition to incoming events.

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Help improve the Power BI mobile apps

Never used the Power BI mobile apps? Doesn’t matter – we still want your feedback! The goal of the Power BI mobile apps is to make it easy to stay connected to your data at the touch of your fingertips, on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 mobile devices. We want to make the mobile experience better for all Power BI users, so we’re running a short survey. Take this survey to influence the future releases of the Power BI mobile apps!

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Power BI Desktop August Feature Summary

This month we are very excited to release our What if feature, which we previewed in the Data Insights Summit keynote back in June. We’ve also added even more features for our table and matrix visual, including a formatting option to show values on rows of your matrix. We also have several new analytics features, such as symmetry shading and ratio lines for scatter charts.

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Power BI Community Blog Highlights

Have you visited the Power BI Community blog lately? Along with rapidly growing forums, event listings, and ways to leave feedback, the Community blog is a platform for you to share ideas with your peers, industry experts, and us here at Microsoft. We want to hear what’s got you thinking about Power BI and Business Intelligence! To get started, simply message me, @Jessica, with a rough title for your post and a couple of sentences to describe your topic. Check out these great posts from June and July!

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