Changes made in August 2017 to Power BI Desktop
Part one of an eight-part series of blogs

A quiet month, after the frenetic activity of the July update, sees lots of small changes to matrices, tables and charts, but no single big update.

  1. Updates to Power BI Desktop for August 2017 (this blog)
  2. Parameters for What-If Analysis
  3. Live Connection to Power BI Service Data Sources
  4. Multiple Values for a Matrix can now Appear as Row Headers
  5. Conditional Formatting of Font Colour
  6. Customising Matrix Subtotals
  7. More Improvement to Line Charts
  8. New Scatter Chart Insights

For a cumulative list of all of the updates to Power BI Desktop in the last few months, see this blog.  Our two-day Power BI Desktop course always uses the latest version of the software.

Posted by Andy Brown on 14 August 2017

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Updates to Power BI Desktop for August 2017

This blog lists the new features introduced in Power BI in August 2017 - or at least, the ones which we think will be of interest to our clients:

Feature Change
What-if analysis You can now generate a table of parameters for what-if analysis.
Power BI Service You can now connect to Power BI Service datasets from Power BI Desktop.
Matrix headers The names of multiple values for a matrix can now appear as row headers instead of column headers.
Conditional fonts You can now apply conditional formatting to the font colour of values in a table or matrix.
Matrix subtotals You can now change the position of matrix subtotals, and also suppress them for some categories.
Line styles You can show dotted or dashed lines, and also show line styles in a line chart legend.
Scatter chart insights There are a couple of new analytics tools for scatter charts.

This is a much smaller update than July's humdinger.  One notable thing the update doesn't include is the long-awaited (by us, anyway) move of Quick Measures out of preview. 

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