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The most important changes made for the May 2017 Power BI Desktop update
Part one of a seven-part series of blogs

The May 2017 Power BI Update brings in a couple of nice new query transforms and some new chart features, but the big changes are still in preview mode.

  1. Updates in the May 2017 Edition of Power BI Desktop (this blog)
  2. Support for Different Types of URLs in Tables and Textboxes
  3. New Table and Matrix Visualisations in the Offing
  4. Extracting Text Between Delimiters
  5. New Binning Options
  6. Data labels in combination charts
  7. Combining Files - Option to Choose First File

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 17 May 2017

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Updates in the May 2017 Edition of Power BI Desktop

Here's what the Microsoft website has to say about the May 2017 update:

Microsoft message

A very cryptic message!

There are a few nice new ideas, but all of the really good stuff is in preview mode still.  Here are the things in the May 2017 update which we think will interest our course delegates:

New feature Notes
URLs in tables You can now include clickable hyperlinks in tables and textboxes.
Preview table and matrix New table and matrix visualisations (alas, in preview only for now) will allow you to drill down in tables and matrices.
Extracting between delimiters You can now extract text between any two specified delimiters when transforming data.
New binning features There are a few improvements to binning, including showing the minimum and maximum amounts for data and intelligently choosing bin size.
Combination chart data labels You can now rotate data labels in combination charts, and decide where to display them.
Combining files When combining the files in a folder, you can specify that you want to use the first file as a template (you no longer have to name it, and run the risk of it being deleted).

As this shows, I've included a quick look at the new preview table and matrix visualisations, but will resist the temptation to blog on the relative date slicer until it's officially released.

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