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Power BI Service January Feature Summary

As you probably know, the Power BI service is updated weekly with fixes, updates, and new features. When we release major features in the service, we always to make sure to release a coinciding blog post, so you can stay up-to-date with the latest features in the service. Going forward, in addition to these posts for individual features, we’ll be posting monthly feature summaries for the Power BI service, similar to the posts you know and love for Power BI Desktop. So, without further ado, here’s the complete list of January updates in the Power BI service:

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Help Improve Power BI Desktop

Feedback from the Power BI community is extremely important in helping us to improve our product. Once a quarter, we conduct a survey to get insight into your level of satisfaction with Power BI and to get feedback on how to make the Desktop experience even better. This is a great opportunity to provide direct feedback to the product team. In addition, if you take the survey by 5pm PST on February 17th, you will also be entered for a chance to win a $50 AMEX giftcard.

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Power BI Mobile apps feature summary – January 2017

This year, we will keep investing in perfecting the mobile apps experience and performance to bring you an outstanding way to experience your data on the go. We believe having your data available, easily and at any time, is a basic need in today’s business world. Having said that, if you’re looking for more control and customization of your mobile experience, we encourage you to try our Phone reports capability, introduced as part of this month's release. In this release, you’ll also find exciting improvements for tables and matrices, and new capabilities like SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) ADFS.

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Webinar for February 2: Accelerate your Retail Business with Analytics by Hitachi Solutions

A common challenge that businesses face today is creating something that improves on the value of traditional analytics while utilizing new technologies at our disposal. Turning data into insights and action is the hallmark of a good business intelligence solution. With the increasingly rich and populated Microsoft Cloud Technology landscape, new opportunities are presented in ways that organizations can leverage them. Attend the webinar, "Accelerate your Retail Business with Analytics" by Hitachi Solutions on February 2 to learn more!

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The Power BI Sales Management solution template for Salesforce now supports Azure Data Factory!

Data Factory is a cloud-based data integration service that orchestrates and automates the movement and transformation of data from cloud and on-premise sources. In this case, we’ve configured Data Factory to pull data from Salesforce and populate Azure SQL DB to source a collection of Power BI reports. Data factory has a number of benefits. It’s fast, robust, inexpensive and, like all solution templates, you can customize and extend it yourself. If you’re a Power BI partner, there is no better or faster way to show your customers how they can use Power BI on Salesforce. If you’re a customer, there is no easier way to get a scalable and robust end-to-end solution on Salesforce.

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ZynBit Empowers Sales with Microsoft Power BI Embedded

Enrique Plaza Garcia, Product Marketing Manager of Microsoft Power BI Embedded, recently had a chance to catch up with Phil Dixon, CEO of ZynBit, to hear more about ZynBit’s innovative product and how they’ve incorporated Power BI Embedded into their offering to drive value to their customers and increase monetization opportunities for sales and marketing teams. Let’s take a look at how this successful start-up has leveraged Power BI Embedded.

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Azure Active Directory meets Power BI

Understanding how users adopt and use Azure Active Directory features is critical for IT admins. It allows you to plan your IT infrastructure and communication to increase usage and to get the most out of AAD features. The usage and activity reports in the Azure admin portal is a great starting point. However, many of you have shared feedback with us that you want the ability to further analyze your data to understand how you can gather richer insights into what’s going on with their Azure Active Directory for the various capabilities that you heavily rely on. So, today we are excited to announce the new Power BI Content Pack for Azure Active Directory.

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