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The most important changes included in the June 2017 Power BI Desktop update
Part five of a nine-part series of blogs

This update includes lots of nice features, such as line markers and the ability to change font typefaces, as well as many more changes!

  1. Changes for the June 2017 update for Power BI Desktop
  2. Data Bars in the Preview Table and Matrix Visualisations
  3. Chart Line Markers and Line Effects
  4. Making reports accessible to people with disabilities
  5. Changes to maps (this blog)
  6. Improvements to the Column by Example feature
  7. Horizontal slicers can now contain images
  8. Font family support for visuals
  9. Changes for combination 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 26 June 2017

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Changes to maps

There are a few changes to maps, the biggest of which is that ArcGIS has come out of preview mode.

ArcGIS visual

The ArcGIS visual in its new, permanent home.


In addition to this ...


You can now choose a new theme:

Themes for maps

A new version of Bing is being released "towards the end of June", which will apparently also include two other themes - so watch out for these.


Hopefully the new themes mentioned above will be a bit lighter than the Aerial one shown here:

Aerial map theme

The new Aerial map theme.

Better geo-coding

With the new version of maps, Power BI Desktop will interpret hierarchical data correctly (or at least, better):

Hierarchical map data

Providing you designate the region, town and postcode to be of type Country/Region, City and Postal Code respectively, the new Bing will map this correctly (rather than distributing your sales in random places around the world!).


Note that this feature won't work until the new Bing API comes out towards the end of June (although surely we're there already?).

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