The main new features for BI workers in the November 2016 Power BI update
Part one of a seven-part series of blogs

A summary of the new features in the November 2016 Power BI Update, omitting things which are still only in preview.

  1. Power BI Desktop - November 2016 update (this blog)
  2. Dropdown slicers - the new list option
  3. Conditional formatting now available for matrices
  4. Formatting table and matrix columns
  5. Changing the colour of axis titles and labels
  6. Prevent hierarchy axis label concatenation
  7. Forecasting now extended to Power BI Service

You can see a list of all updates going back to November 2016 (this update) here.

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 December 2016

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Power BI Desktop - November 2016 update

The changes included in the update in this blog are:

New feature Notes
Drop down lists The most welcome new feature, for me - you can now show slicers as a drop list.
Conditional formatting in matrices Create heat maps by colouring cells according to the size of the values each contains.
Column formatting in tables and matrices You can now set a different background colour for any column of a table!
Colour axis titles and labels You can now set one colour for axis labels, and another for the axis title.
Prevent hierarchical axis label concatenation A niche feature this - when you've drilled down in a chart using a hierarchy, you can prevent Power BI joining all the hierarchy level labels together.
Forecasting in Power BI Service You can now create trendlines, percentiles and other useful lines not only in Power BI Desktop, but also in the web version of Power BI.

Note that this blog doesn't cover any features which are still in preview (although the Microsoft blog does include these).

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