A summary of the changes for the September 2017 update to Power BI Desktop
Part six of a six-part series of blogs

The September 2017 Power BI Desktop update introduces ribbon charts, a feature to explain the increase or decrease for any chart point and a drill-through feature allowing you to temporarily switch to a summary page.

  1. What's New in Power BI Desktop - September 2017 Update
  2. Drill-through to a Summary Report Page
  3. Ribbon Charts
  4. Automatically explaining the increase or decrease
  5. Showing Keyboard Short-Cuts
  6. Preview Features (this blog)

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 12 September 2017

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Preview Features

In what may become a regular feature of this monthly update blog, here are the features currently in preview:

Preview features

You can get to this dialog box from the File -> Options and settings menu, then clicking on the Options tab and then the Preview features tab.

Here's a quick run-through of what to expect:

Feature Comment
Shape map visual This has been in preview for donkey's years, and I suspect may be quietly removed at some stage.
Custom report themes These will allow you to create JSON files (similar to CSS style sheets) giving your charts a default look: powerful, but not that easy to use.
Numeric range slicer For example, this slicer would allow you to show all products with a sale price more than 10 pounds.
Spanish language support Que sera sera.
Quick measures These will allow you to show a wide range of new statistics, and are probably the best feature in waiting.  They seem to have been in preview mode for quite a few months, now ...
Custom data connectors You'll need to use the M query language and the Power Query SDK to create these, so they're strictly for developers.
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