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A summary of new features added to Power BI Desktop in the May 2018 update
Part one of a six-part series of blogs

New features introduced into Power BI Desktop in this update include conditional formatting by different fields, the inclusion of filters in drill-through and minor improvements to line and funnel charts.

  1. Power BI Desktop - May 2018 update new features (this blog)
  2. Conditional formatting by different fields
  3. Drill-through uses all field values and works with measures
  4. Various improvements to charts
  5. Improvements to slicer syncing
  6. Features still in preview as of May 2018

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 May 2018

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Power BI Desktop - May 2018 update new features

A quiet month: conditional formatting a visual by another field is a nice feature, but won't change your life, and most of the other changes are pretty minor:

Feature Notes
Conditional formatting by another field You can now (for example) colour a region's name according to the value of its sales.
Enhanced drill-through When drilling through you can choose whether to keep any filters applied.
Improvements to charts You can suppress lines in line charts, show better funnel chart data labels and produce better log axes.
Improvements to synchronising slicers You can now group synchronised slicers and visuals together, as well as easily changing multiple slicers at the same time.

In addition to the above changes, watch out for the ones currently in preview.

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