Posts By: Jessica Cook

Congratulations to the winners of the What If contest!

A few weeks ago we launched a "What If" contest to promote the release of our new What If feature in Power BI Desktop. Many of you were anticipating this feature for a while now, and we wanted to celebrate its arrival in style! We received a number of amazing submissions that showed off the creativity and flexibility that What If offers data analysts and report-makers. Each entry was reviewed by Power BI Program Managers Will Thompson and Amanda Cofsky, and they had such a difficult time deciding on a winner that we created two categories of winners: Fun and Business. See the winners!

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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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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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Power BI Community Blog Highlights

Have you visited the Power BI Community blog lately? Along with rapidly growing forums, event listings, and ways to leave feedback, the Community blog is a platform for you to share ideas with your peers, industry experts, and us here at Microsoft. We want to hear what’s got you thinking about Power BI and Business Intelligence! To get started, simply message me, @Jessica, with a rough title for your post and a couple of sentences to describe your topic. Check out these great posts from June and July!

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Happy Second Birthday to Power BI

Today, Power BI is two years old! When we released the new Power BI service, Power BI Desktop, and Power BI Mobile on July 24, 2015, we knew we had an innovative business intelligence solution, but we didn't expect to create such an inspiring community of data and reporting professionals. Over the last year we've continued to add new features, improve existing tools, and integrate even better with our fellow Microsoft products, while maintaining the same commitment to quality. See some of our highlights from the past 12 months, and a special video from Microsoft to our awesome community.

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Congratulations to the Featured Data Stories for May and June!

We put out the call to you a couple of months ago to create fantastic reports for the Data Stories Gallery, and we were amazed by your submissions! Congratulations to the grand winner and runners-up from June and from May's Data Storytelling special theme event. Want to see your work become a Featured story? Post it to the Data Stories Gallery, and then tweet a link with the hashtags #powerbi #datastory. The author of the story that we pick as the grand winner for each month will win a Power BI t-shirt and a badge of recognition for their Community profile.

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