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Changes made in August 2017 to Power BI Desktop
Part three 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
  2. Parameters for What-If Analysis
  3. Live Connection to Power BI Service Data Sources (this blog)
  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 since November 2016 see this blog, or have a look at the Power BI courses that we run.

Posted by Andy Brown on 14 August 2017

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Live Connection to Power BI Service Data Sources

This feature means that - at least in theory - you can publish a single data source, and connect to this for all of your reports. 

Connecting to online source

When getting data, choose to connect to an online service, and choose Power BI Service.

You can then connect to an app or the default workspace for any Power BI Service account:

Connecting to Power BI Service

Here we're connecting to the Simple report dataset in the Owly reports workspace.


At the bottom right corner of the screen you can see what you're connected to:

The live connection

The live connection you're using.

Thereafter all the data options are greyed out, although you can change the data source settings:

Data source settings

This is pretty much the only menu option left to choose.

You could now switch to a different data source.

I'm not sure Wise Owl would ever use this option, but I can see that it could change someone's life (which is why I've included it here).

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