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New features in the March 2018 update of Power BI Desktop
Part five of a five-part series of blogs

By far the biggest new feature in the March 2018 update of Power BI Desktop is bookmarks (so big, in fact, that it gets a summary treatment in this blog and a separate, longer blog all to itself).

  1. Power BI Desktop - March 2018 Update - New Features
  3. Formatting columns of numbers or dates in a table or matrix
  4. Suppressing display headers for visuals in published reports
  5. Features still in preview as of March 2018 (this blog)

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 20 March 2018

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Features still in preview as of March 2018

Here are the features in preview after the March 2018 update:

March 2018 preview features

And still the shape map visual remains stuck in limbo ... !

Here's a quick run-down of the goodies waiting to be delivered:

Feature Notes Rating Months
Shape map visual This will allow you to colour different states, countries, districts, etc, if ever Microsoft should decide to release it. 4 3
Custom report themes These are like Microsoft Office themes, allowing you to change the look and feel of all your reports.  7 3
Numeric range slicer This will allow you to show (for example) all sales between 10 and 20 thousand.  6 3
Custom data connectors You'll be able to define your own connections to data sources, using the M language. 2 3
Q&A You'll be able to ask questions within published reports, and not just dashboards. 3 3
Dates as a hierarchy When you create a date hierarchy, this will appear in the field well. 2 3
My organisation custom visuals You'll be able to create a category on the Power BI website to contain custom visuals approved for use within your organisation. 4 2
Report page tooltips You'll be able to specify that when a user hovers over a visual they will be able to see a scaled down preview of another page as a tooltip. 6 1


  1. The subjective Wise Owl rating goes from 1 (of little importance for most Power BI Desktop users) up to 10 (will have a huge impact on your everyday report designs).
  2. The final column shows the number of months that each feature has spent in preview since I started tracking it (the current winner must surely be shape map visuals). 
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