Power BI Desktop September 2019 Feature Summary

You’ll notice one of our exciting updates right away when creating new reports with the September update of Power BI Desktop, a new, modern default theme! Not only do we have a new default theme, but we’ve more than doubled the number of built-in theme options for your report. If you’re a theme author, potentially more exciting are the updates to our theme JSON format which make it much quicker and easier for you to create your own custom themes that significantly change the look and feel of your report. Thanks to an intern project, we’re also releasing a frequently requested modeling feature: custom format strings. And of course, we have plenty of incremental improvements this month, with some performance improvements, more dynamic formatting options, updates to our personalized visualization pane, and more.

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Announcing Power BI “Back to School” Contest!

Last month, Power BI partnered with Hacking STEM and NASA to create an interactive, educational data story to teach students about radiation. Educators loved the idea of bringing Power BI data stories to the classroom, and they are looking for more! So, this month we are launching a “Back to School” Contest to engage and empower students with Power BI! The contest will run from August 1st to September 6th, and the winners will be featured in the Power BI Blog! Channel your love for education and get started today!

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Introducing the new look for Power BI Service

We’re excited to announce a public preview of the ‘new look’ for Power BI service. We’re refreshing the user interface to provide a modern experience that’s simpler and builds on customers’ familiarity with Microsoft products. Simplified action bar, vertical navigation, metadata – read on to learn more about how we’re simplifying navigation and making Power BI easier to use and accessible to many more.

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Announcing the New Filter Experience for Power BI Reports

This month we are incredibly excited to announce that the new filter experience is now generally available. We have updated the look and feel and added a ton of new functionality. The new capabilities include a new filter view to see what filters are applied to a visual, the ability to format or theme the filter experience, hide or lock filter cards, sort the filter cards, rename filter cards, and control the visibility and state of the filter pane in bookmarks.

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Aggregations for petabyte-scale BI is generally available!

The volume of data is growing at an ever-increasing rate. As it grows, so does the value to the companies that are able to unlock insights from it. Power BI is all about helping organizations embrace a data culture, where every user can make better decisions based on data big and small, no matter where that data is coming from 

Providing users a way to do analysis over large volumes of data has traditionally been challenging. Large volumes require extra compute power and specialized skills to effectively model and analyze. To unblock users, organizations have often relied on transforming big datasets into smaller, more manageable datasets, which can then be analyzed using traditional BI reporting and visualization tools. When data is transformed from big to small, the details of the data tend to get lost as dimensionality is traded away for size and performance. While insights are lost, management complexity and costs grow as development teams work to populate these multiple smaller datasets.

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Power BI Desktop July 2019 Feature Summary

With this month comes the first feature release from our announcements at Microsoft Business Application Summit, Icon sets, which also addresses our current #1 idea on ideas.powerbi.com. On top of this major update, we have incremental improvements for many of our existing features, such as measure support for the Key influencers visual and RLS support for aggregations. To round this out, we are also making several key features, the new filter pane and aggregations, generally available.

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