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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Introducing dashboard email subscriptions: a 360-degree view of your business in your inbox every day

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Help Improve Power BI Desktop

We love hearing feedback from the Power BI community. This helps us to understand what we're doing well, and what we can change to make your experience even better. Once a quarter, we conduct a survey to get insight into your level of satisfaction with Power BI and to gather feedback on how to improve the Desktop experience. This is a great opportunity to provide feedback directly to the product team. In addition, if you take the survey by 5 p.m. PST on June 30th, you will be entered for a chance to win a $50 AMEX giftcard.

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Announcing Data Refresh APIs in the Power BI Service

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Interactive R custom visuals support is here!

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