A summary of the Power BI Desktop 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.

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 December 2016

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Power BI Desktop Updates

This page is updated every month, showing a history of updates to Power BI Desktop. 

Updates are usually released around the middle of each month (although this has varied).  You can see the latest Microsoft updates here, or attend our two-day Power BI training course, which always uses the latest version of the software.

In reverse chronological order:

Update Number Highlights
November 2017 2.52.4921.202 More column-by-example tools, rules-based conditional formatting, field alignment and the ability to lock visuals' size and position.
October 2017 2.51.4885.543 A selection pane (allowing you to toggle the visibility of parts of a report, and the ability to spotlight a visualisation.
September 2017 2.50.4859.502 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.
August 2017 2.49.4831.222 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.
July 2017 2.48.4792.321 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.
June 2017 2.47.4766.542  Data bars (preview mode), line markers, accessibility options, map themes, font family options, combination chart changes
May 2017 2.46.4732.461 URLs in tables, new preview table visualisation, extracting text between delimiters, binning improvements, data labels in combination charts, new combining files option
April 2017 2.45.4704.442 Changing axis titles, splitting columns into rows, a basic group by transform feature, a go-to-column facility
March 2017 2.44.4675.422 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
February 2017 2.43.4647.541 Word wrap for matrix row headers, changing axis title font sizes, minimum chart category widths, thicker line charts, more quick calc options
January 2017 2.42.4611.482 Word wrap for column headers, conditional formatting for blanks, earliest and latest dates, phone optimisation layout
December 2016 There wasn't one!  The Microsoft Power BI Desktop fairy took a month off.
November 2016 2.41.4581.301 Dropdown lists for slicers, conditional formatting for matrices, column formatting for tables

Click on any update to see a blog giving details of its contents.  If you're not sure which version of Power BI Desktop you're using, go to Help --> About:

The Help About menu

Choose the menu option shown above to get help.

You can then see (among other things) which version you're using:

The version number

Here I've installed up to and including the November 2016 update.

Power BI Desktop should offer you updates automatically, however, as they become available.

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