February 2017 Update (2.43.4647.541)

You can now download the latest version of Power BI Desktop.

We're in love with all the new features we've released in February - we think they're sweeter than a box of chocolates. The links beside each update mean the following:

  • [video] excerpts play in a new browser tab, when the feature is being discussed.
  • Some features have an [article] that provides more detail.
  • Most features are explained in the monthly update [blog] post.
  • Lastly, some features are self-explanatory and don't need and article or video.

You can also watch the Latest Updates video from the beginning, right inside this article, by clicking on the play icon on the video image found below the list of updates.

The following updates are new to Power BI Desktop this month:

Report View:


  • Two new Quick Calcs: Percent of row total, and percent of column total [video] [blog]

Data Connectivity:

  • New or enhanced data connectors [video]:
    • ODBC and OLE DB connectors - support for Select related tables [blog]
    • Enhanced Folder connector - support for combining binaries from the Preview dialog [video] [blog]
    • Unified Text and CSV connectors [video] [blog]
    • New - PowerApps Common Data Service connector [blog]

Query Editing improvements

  • Quickly change a column's data type and locale with the new Using locale option in the Column headers type menu [video] [blog]
  • Easily insert steps into existing queries, using the new Insert Step After option [video] [blog]

Other improvements

  • Solutions Templates and Partner Showcase quick access [video] [blog]

NOTE: You can also check out all the data sources available to Power BI Desktop; our list is always growing, so check back often.

Want more information about these updates? Take a look at the blog post, where you can get more detailed information about each of these new features (this is the same blog post references in the list above).

The following video describes and shows each of these updates. You can also see the video from the blog post.

NOTE: You might also be interested in learning what's new in the Power BI service, and also check out what's new in the mobile apps for Power BI.

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Previous months' updates

Looking for previous months' updates? You can find them in the Power BI Desktop Monthly Updates archive article.