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Power BI Developer community February & March update

This blog post covers the latest updates for Power BI embedded analytics and Custom Visuals.

On-premises data gateway March update is now available

We are happy to announce that we have just released the March update for the On-premises data gateway (version 3000.2.52) Note: The latest March build number is now 3000.2.52(was previously 3000.2.47). In this latest release, we fixed a bug which was causing some of the scheduled refreshes via the gateway to intermittently fail with timeout … Continue reading “On-premises data gateway March update is now available”

BI Bake-Off at Gartner Data and Analytics Summit 2019

Today we presented at the 5th annual Gartner BI Bake Off session at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in Orlando, Florida and we are very excited to share the report with everyone. The topic this year is loneliness data from the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Economist Same as last year, a little bit of background: … Continue reading “BI Bake-Off at Gartner Data and Analytics Summit 2019”

On-premises data gateway February update is now available

We are happy to announce that we have just released the February update for the On-premises data gateway (version 3000.1.257)                                          This month’s Gateway update includes an updated version of the Mashup Engine, which matches the … Continue reading “On-premises data gateway February update is now available”

Gartner recognizes Microsoft as a leader in Analytics and BI platforms for 11 consecutive years

Today we’re thrilled to announce that for the 11th consecutive year, Microsoft has been positioned as a leader in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms.* And for the third year, Microsoft is positioned furthest to the right for completeness of vision within the Leaders quadrant.

Power BI Service and Mobile January Feature Summary

The Power BI service and mobile team is thrilled to kick off the first feature summary blog for 2018! With a new year in full swing, we’ve been hard at work on features to make it easier for you to…

Connect to tens of thousands of datasets on data.world with the new connector for Power BI Desktop (and join the webinar!)

Late last year as part of the December Power BI Desktop release, we launched a new connector for data.world – aka the social network for data nerds. data.world is a platform where people can find, use, share and collaborate with a vast array of high-quality open data.

Jan 23rd webinar: The Powerful Interactions between Excel and Power BI by Tristan Malherbe

See all the interactions between Excel and Power BI (Power BI in Excel, Excel connector, Power BI Publisher for Excel, Analyse in Excel, Export to Excel, push Data model from Excel to Power BI Service) with practical examples and relevant scenarios. Where: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM8xkNyZaTU

Help Improve Power BI

We love hearing feedback from the Power BI community and today we have another quarterly survey to keep improving Power BI with your feedback.

Excel announces new data visualization capabilities with Power BI custom visuals

Today, as part of Build, we announced that Power BI Custom Visuals will be rolling out in Preview to Office 365 subscribers enrolled in the Office Insiders program soon, extending Excel charting capabilities and more than doubling the data visualization options for the most widely used data analytics tool in the world.

Week 4/11 Webinars: Load Testing Power BI Applications with Visual Studio Load Test and Getting Started with Model Driven Apps in PowerApps

Two great Webinars for the week of 4/11: Load Testing Power BI Applications with Visual Studio Load Test and Getting Started with CDS for Apps based Model Driven Apps

Power BI Desktop July 2018 Feature Summary

July is a big release for us on the Power BI Desktop team! Our most exciting feature this month is a preview of Composite models. This feature lets you seamlessly extend your DirectQuery models with other DirectQuery sources or even imported data. We have heard from many of you, especially those in larger enterprises, that this is an essential feature and are glad to share it with all of you. We also have many reporting features this month, including an update to our visual header that lets you not only put visual all the way to the top of your canvas, but also have extensive control over the functionality and formatting of the header.

Power BI Service and Mobile June Feature Summary

The month of June flew by quickly for Power BI. With summer in the air and MBAS just around the corner, we are laser focused on planning another unforgettable conference for you in Seattle! There…

Incremental refresh in Power BI Premium

Power BI Premium was announced generally available less than a year ago as the platform of choice for enterprises deploying high-performance, scalable BI systems in the cloud. In the May release of…

Esri Plus Subscription for ArcGIS Maps for Power BI is now available

Today, I’m happy to announce that Esri is taking ArcGIS Maps for Power BI to the next level by introducing Plus, a subscription service available for purchase from Esri that allows everyday business users in Power BI to do more with their spatial data. What is Plus? In a word: More. More basemaps, more data points, more demographics, more reference layers. It’s a step in our journey to make GIS easy to understand and consume for regular business users. Plus is inspired by many of the feature requests you have made since we introduce ArcGIS Maps for Power BI.

Congratulations to the Winners of the “Bookmarking Feature” Contest!

You may remember that the “Bookmarking Feature” contest launched a few weeks ago to feature the recently updated bookmark feature in Power BI Desktop. We had so many amazing submissions that showcased your creativity as well as the functionality of the bookmark feature. Power BI Program Managers Will Thompson and Amanda Cofsky reviewed each entry and, with great difficulty, have narrowed down the winners!

Visualizing and interacting with your Azure Machine Learning Studio experiments

Microsoft Senior Program Manager Christian Berg is back with another entry in his series on becoming your organization’s strategic advisor with Machine Learning and Power BI. In part 6, he lookd at connecting to an Azure ML Studio experiment with an Rviz and then building on that to create a dynamic report to explore cross price elasticities. He also looks at a simpler example where we instead use DAX to explore the impact of different discount percentages, based on an assumption about our elasticity.

Announcing Power BI Premium support for larger datasets

Power BI Premium now supports uploading Power BI Desktop (.PBIX) files that are up to 10 GB in size – a x10 increase compared to before.

What story does your timeline tell? Introducing the Timeline Storyteller custom visual for Microsoft Power BI

Timeline Storyteller, a new custom visual for Power BI I created with a team of other researchers at Microsoft, is now available in the Office Store for anyone to use. Power BI is a powerful data storytelling tool, and with Timeline Storyteller, data journalists can now visualize a sequence of events in a compelling way using the large palette of design options that Timeline Storyteller provides. Learn more about this latest custom visual from the Microsoft Research team.

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.

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.

Power BI On-premises data gateway – July Update is now available!

We’re glad to announce that the July Update for the Power BI On-premises data gateway is now available. Learn more about the enhancements included in this release.

Announcing our incredible lineup of Customer Stories sessions at Microsoft Data Insights Summit

We are very excited to give you a preview of what each of our 18 amazing customers will show you during the Customer Story sessions at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit on June 12 – 13 in Seattle. After much preparation, we’ve boiled down each presentation to 25 minutes with 5-10 minutes of every session focused on demos. We’ve made sure we have depth and breadth of customers across several industries like sports, finance, technology, media, and more with many different capabilities showcased, including Microsoft Power BI, Power BI Mobile, PowerApps, R, Azure Machine Learning, IoT, and more. We wanted to provide a quick look at what you can expect during the event!

Use Power BI API with service principal (Preview)

We’re thrilled to announce that you can authenticate to Power BI with service principal (also known as app-only authentication), available by end of week  in Public Preview. Service principal is a local representation of your AAD application for use in a specific tenant and will allow you to access resources or perform operations using Power … Continue reading “Use Power BI API with service principal (Preview)”

Power BI Developer community December update

This blog post covers the latest updates for Power BI embedded analytics and Custom Visuals.