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The main new features in the March 2017 update of Power BI Desktop
Part one of a four-part series of blogs

This is a small update, although the new matrix tool which is currently in preview mode will be a big change.

  1. Power BI Desktop - March Update (this blog)
  2. New matrix visiualisation in preview
  3. Colours Allowed in Text Boxes
  4. Percent-of-Total Labels in Pie and Donut Charts

For a cumulative list of all of the updates to Power BI Desktop since November 2016 see this blog, or have a look at the Power BI courses that we run.

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 March 2017

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Power BI Desktop - March Update

The main changes included in this update are:

New feature Notes
New matrix tool in preview Microsoft have revamped the matrix tool, although the new version is still only in preview.
Coloured text You can now change the colour of text in text boxes.
Pie and donut labels These can now show values as a percentage of the total for the chart.

There's also a feature to generate automatic cluster analysis for scatter/bubble charts, but I can't get this to show up, and don't think it'll change anyone's life!

This blog only covers new features which we think will be of interest to Power BI Desktop users in businesses.   For a full list of new features, see the Microsoft site.

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