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|A summary of the Power BI Updates going back to November 2016|
|This blog differs from the Microsoft update summary in two ways: it omits preview and obscure changes, but goes into more detail (and gives practical examples) on mainstream updates.|
This page is updated every month, showing a history of updates to Power BI Desktop (although to keep our site up to date links are only shown for updates from the last year or two).
Updates are usually released around the middle of each month (although this has varied). We offer a full range of online and classroom training courses in Power BI if you want to learn more about new and existing features!
In reverse chronological order here are the updates to Power BI Desktop for the last couple of years:
You can now open reports from and save reports to OneDrive and SharePoint, but as ever it's the preview features which catch the eye.
You can add now format visuals interactively in mobile layout, and add new linguistic relationship rules to Q&A visuals.
A new button to switch between mobile and report layouts is this month's main innovation (there's also a tiny change to bubble chart scaling).
You can now apply smoothing and leader lines to line and area charts, but that's about it.
The new card visual is enabled by default (although still in preview), and Power BI Projects are announced in preview.
The Azure Map visual and Optimize ribbon both finally see the light of day, and you can now use measures for chart data labels.
Modern visual tooltips are now turned on by default in preview. Other changes include composite models, a couple of new DAX functions and small changes to PowerPoint story styling.
New features include subtitles, clear/apply slicer actions and PowerPoint story-telling, but the on-object interaction waiting in preview is the big story.
The new relationship editor is now (sort of) live, and there are tweaks to conditional formatting, themes, text boxes and page navigators.
As for the previous four Januarys, there wasn't an update to Power BI desktop this month.
Slicer formatting now behaves in a consistent way, and there are 3 new DAX functions to work over partitioned datasets: INDEX, OFFSET and WINDOW.
You can now use field parameters to create dynamic slicers, have different Y axes for different small multiple charts and use DAX logging functions like EVALUATEANDLOG.
This update allows you to change the stack order of column and bar charts, and create DAX formulae in model view.
You can format mobile reports differently, and there are small changes to hierarchical charts and default column titles in tables.
The (tiny) change this month is that you can conditionally format the font colour of data labels.
The main change in this update is the roll-out of chart error bars, although there's also a new NETWORKDAYS function in DAX.
There are subtle improvements to the table visual in this update, a new data hub dropdown and a PowerPoint story-telling feature.
You can now zoom in and out in a report, and also use a rectangular lasso to select data points in some chart types.
A small update, with the main change being the addition of a few new formatting options for matrices and for chart legends.
This update corrects a previous omission and previews error bars for line charts, but that's about it!
The format pane is now enabled by default, you can now format visuals differently for mobile view (although only in preview for now) and multi-row cards now interact properly with other visuals.
As for the previous three Januarys, there wasn't an update to Power BI desktop this month.
And here's a quick summary of changes included in updates before 2022 (to keep our website up to date we've taken down the blogs for these, so no longer link to them):
Although this update saw the introduction of two big new features for Power BI (a new format pane and new sparklines facility), these are both still in preview.
A big update: a new page navigator, a new bookmark navigator and a huge update in preview (the new formatting pane).
There are no significant changes in this month's Power BI update, but there are links to a couple of features we missed previously: persistent filters and personal bookmarks.
New features this month include the ability to show buttons as shapes or icons, line chart series labels and a Power Automate connector visual.
This month brings customisable shapes, improvements to the X axis constant line and a new date/time format for DAX.
This update includes small multiples (finally), the new model view, lots of conditional formatting properties and the launch of sensitivity labels for Power BI.
The only new design features this month are a couple of tweaks to charts, although this month also sees the introduction of a paginated reports visual in preview.
This month's update introduces a new text box, a new smart narratives visual, anomaly detection for line charts and a new model view and standardised field list.
This month's update makes it easier to import text data, Excel worksheets and JSON files, and widens the range of shapes available and adds new shape effects.
This update adds in X-axis constant lines for line charts, plus a couple of DAX tweaks.
This small update includes a better colour palette and the ability to filter out empty (as opposed to null) data.
As for the previous two Januarys, there wasn't an update to Power BI desktop this month.
There are no significant new announcements in this month's update, although the small multiples feature in preview more than makes up for this.
You can now use zoom sliders to focus on part of a chart, and have more control of how and when the apply filter button appears.
This month gives us a new icon and splash screen, on-screen help and the ability to personalise visuals even when they've been published.
Two small changes this month: you can add total labels to combo and stacked charts, and designing mobile view reports is easier.
Despite an official update from Microsoft, the only changes this month were to features still in preview.
DAX financial functions from Excel, a gradient legend, editable slicer headers, relative time filters and yet more minor Q&A updates.
The hierarchical slicer, a much-improved mobile report designer and automatic refresh if you're using Direct Query.
You can add drop shadows to visuals, fill buttons with images, use the decomposition tree visual and make your clickable buttons more flexible.
You can drag a rectangle to select visuals, it's easier to see when a format can be set dynamically, and there's a custom theme editor, new visual icons and a number of other changes.
A bumper update, including the new ribbon (sort of), new button actions, secondary line chart axes and multi-column sorting.
The only significant new feature in this update is the ability to refresh data incrementally.
As for the previous January, there wasn't an update to Power BI desktop this month.
You can now customise your visuals pane, display row/column headers as URLs and format KPIs better.
The only real change this month is conditional formatting for buttons, although there's a new ribbon waiting in preview.
Major updates to the Q&A feature, a native PowerApps visual, improvements to data profiling and a new data connection template.
Custom number formats, new (and easier) themes and more conditional formatting options.
You can group visuals together, use the Key Influencers visual and choose from sets of conditional icons.
The new filter pane sees the light of day! Also conditional formatting icons and percentage rules, and including aggregated data in a model.
A new look-and-feel, more dynamic formatting options, filtering slicers, visual header tooltips.
Peformance Analyzer, faster report execution, line chart label postiion, KPI title text size, ArcGIS geolocation errors
Dynamic titles and URLs, M intellisense, data profiling in Query Editor, cross-report drill-through, fuzzy merging, dataflows and various other small changes.
The new model view, tooltip formatting, single-select slicers, exposed date hierarchies, heat maps, selection pane improvements, new DAX functions and other small changes
Word wrapped titles, rounded corners for visuals, changes to visual interaction, time-based subscriptions to reports and various other Power BI Service updates.
There wasn't an official update in this month (there were some changes announced to Power BI Service, which are included in the February update above).
Smart guides to align visuals, a bigger and zoomable DAX editing window, minor cosmetic and keyboard changes.
Collapsible matrix row headers, conditional formatting for charts, copying and pasting visuals between reports, repeat questions on Q&A, composite models (including many-to-many relationships), two big new features in preview.
DAX editor improvements, searching in filters, explain increase feature, controlling data export, web by example connector.
Report page tooltips, copying data from a report, keyboard short-cuts, built-in themes, text padding by example, dot chart categories.
Export to PDF, report themes, Q&A, conditionally formatting by value, bookmark groiups, slicer restatement, measure categories.
Visual headers, report wallpaper, turning visal tooltips on/off, stepped line charts, certified visuals.
Sorting and filtering of data without going into Query Editor, small chart improvements.
Conditionally formatting by different fields, drill-through including filters, minor chart improvements, sync slicer grouping.
Action buttons, numeric slicers, combination chart line styles and organisational visuals.
Bookmarks! Also suppressing visual headers, and formatting numbers and dates.
Searching for formatting properties, quick measures, synchronised slicers, selecting multiple data points in charts.
Hiding pages, colouring data labels, setting a relative date slicer anchor date, showing axis labels properly, changing bar/column padding.
Field descriptions, responsive slicers, drill-down filtering visuals and numbers in scatter charts.
More column-by-example tools, rules-based conditional formatting, field alignment and the ability to lock visuals' size and position.
A selection pane (allowing you to toggle the visibility of parts of a report, and the ability to spotlight a visualisation.
A drill-through feature to show the details for one dimension value, ribbon charts, report insights and a new way to show keyboard short-cuts.
New formatting options for matrix subtotals, matrix values and line charts, conditional font formatting, a connection to Power BI Service, new scatter chart analytics and a new what-if parameter facility.
The release of the new table and matrix visuals, plus field renaming, easier access to custom visuals, relative date filters, responsive visuals and a waterfall chart breakdown feature.
Data bars (preview mode), line markers, accessibility options, map themes, font family options, combination chart changes
URLs in tables, new preview table visualisation, extracting text between delimiters, binning improvements, data labels in combination charts, new combining files option
Changing axis titles, splitting columns into rows, a basic group by transform feature, a go-to-column facility
A new matrix tool (but only in preview so far), colour text in text boxes and percentage of total labels for pie and donut charts
Word wrap for matrix row headers, changing axis title font sizes, minimum chart category widths, thicker line charts, more quick calc options
Word wrap for column headers, conditional formatting for blanks, earliest and latest dates, phone optimisation layout
There wasn't one! The Microsoft Power BI Desktop fairy took a month off.
Dropdown lists for slicers, conditional formatting for matrices, column formatting for tables
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