Power BI Desktop August Feature Summary

We’re releasing today the August Power BI Desktop update, which is filled with many new features and improvements! Today we are excited to share several new reporting features, new data connectors, and our new analytics pane, which is one centralized place for you to find all the analytical capabilities in Power BI and help in your data exploration.

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Power BI enables connectivity to Snowflake

As part of the Power BI Desktop August Update we are very excited to announce a preview of a new data connector for Snowflake. Snowflake is a cloud-native elastic data warehouse service that makes it easy to bring together data from disparate data sources and make it available to all users and systems that need to analyze it. With the new Power BI Desktop connector, users can import data from Snowflake, combine it with data from other sources and build rich data visualizations as part of their Power BI reports.

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Present your data in style with the Power BI app for Surface Hub

Whether you're presenting a budget, analyzing inventory, or projecting sales figures, it can be difficult to effectively present your data. How do you tell a story and guide your listener trough the multiple data points? We can help! The new presentation mode in the Power BI Mobile app is specifically designed for the Surface Hub and other big touch screens, so you can bring data presentation to the next level.

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Power BI solution templates: Federal retention and graduation outcomes disclosures

All post-secondary institutions receiving federal funds are required to meet federal retention and graduation reporting requirements as mandated by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) and outlined in the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC)’s “Information Required to Be Disclosed Under the Higher Education Act of 1965: Suggestions for Dissemination”. Meeting these requirements can be an arduous and tedious task for many institutions -- that is, prior to Power BI.

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How two entrepreneurial teens tamed retail data and helped make the world a better place

When a business owner first considers incorporating dynamic data-driven analysis into their routine management, the prospect can sometimes seem overwhelming. Technology infrastructure, mobile app development, real-time updates – where do you start first? It’s easy to forget that all you really need to begin on a small scale are a computer, a phone, and tools such as Power BI and Power Apps.

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Inspire and Get Inspired with the R Showcase

In the last few months we have added a lot of R capability to Power BI, with advanced analytics visualizations with R, data cleansing with R, and ways to get data with R. Customers and partners have told us about some amazing use cases that leverage these capabilities and add unique value. In order to demonstrate these use cases, we have created the Power BI Community R Showcase.

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