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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Announcing ArcGIS Maps for Power BI by Esri (Preview)

We’re excited to share at Microsoft Ignite that soon Power BI users can use ArcGIS Maps for Power BI (preview) created by Esri. This preview will bring new capabilities to all Power BI users. The ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visual is provided by Esri. ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visual goes a step beyond. Not only can you plot data points from Power BI, but you can also add reference layers. Layers include a selection of demographic layers provided by Esri and public web maps or those published into Esri’s Living Atlas. You will be able to create a compelling analysis that also provides reference information to get more context from the data you have in Power BI. Hover over a block group in the Median Household Income layer to find out who your customers are in a specific area.

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How one popular financial analyst blogger uses Power BI to engage readers

Creating compelling stories that attract readers in a sea of competitive publications and content choices has never been harder. By using the unique capabilities of Microsoft Power BI, Seeking Alpha Financial Analyst Dallas Salazar has risen above the pack to write attention-grabbing articles on financial news. Learn how Dallas uses Power BI and the SandDance visual to improve the speed and clarity of his research.

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Webinars for Sept 27-29th: Visualizing Airline Efficiency with Power BI and Getting Started with PowerApps

In this week’s Power BI webinar, Angel Abundez joins us to show how his team used data visualizations with Power BI and R visuals to tell a story with data. In PowerApps news, this week's presenter, Archana Nair, will kick off the session by building a simple custom application that displays, edits, and adds data to an existing data source. Check out these two great webinars!

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Announcing the Power BI solution template for System Center Configuration Manager

Today we are excited to announce the release of the Power BI solution template for System Center Configuration Manager. The Power BI dashboard provides detailed information of your System Center Configuration Manager including client and server health, malware protection, software updates, and software inventory across your organization. You can compare key System Center Configuration Manager metrics to personalized targets and see how they trend over time. You can also identify trouble spots and get the information you need to understand what needs to be done.

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Power BI Dashboard in a Day and Dashboard in an Hour training near you

Looking for more training on Power BI? Dashboard in a Day and Dashboard in an Hour are training plans that we update monthly with the latest features, and make available for Usergroups, MVPs, and of course our Power BI partners to offer their customers. Over the next two months you can find this content at cities across the U.S., and many of these events are even free! Check out a training session near you.

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August Power BI Desktop Update: Updated Drill experience

In the August update of Power BI Desktop, we released the general availability of inline hierarchies. We took inline hierarchies out of preview, and replaced this previous drill experience with the inline hierarchy experience. Since that update, we have heard feedback from you that while this new experience is very useful, you still have a need for the older experience, especially when using drill with unrelated categories in the hierarchy. Today we are releasing an update to the August Power BI Desktop release that gives you the ability to use both of these experience in one chart!

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