Power BI Desktop October Feature Summary

This month we are very excited to share one of our most anticipated features from the Microsoft Data Insights Summit: Bookmarking. Combining bookmarking with some of our other recently released features such as drillthrough and what if gives you powerful storytelling capabilities and lets you create highly interactive reports. We also have some more visual improvements and a big update to our quick measures feature this month.

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Announcing the Power BI solution template for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service

Today we are pleased to announce the release of the Power BI solution template for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service. This template includes a set of reports designed for field service professionals. The solution template offers a very fast guided experience to create compelling reports on an extensible, scalable, and secure architecture and can be customized as needed. This means that instead of spending your time on plumbing, you can instead spend it on extending and customizing the solution template to meet your organization’s needs.

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Show us your creative What If and win swag!

Earlier this month, we announced our new What If feature in the Power BI Desktop. Many of you have been anticipating this feature for a while now, and we wanted to celebrate this release in style! So today we are excited to announce our What If Report Contest. We want you to show us your most creative and fun uses of What If parameters in a Power BI report. We’re looking for that crazy dataset or a cool unexpected use for parameters. Tap into your creative side to build a fun report, and win a Power BI Super Swag Pack!

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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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