A summary of new features added to Power BI Desktop in the May 2018 update
Part six 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
  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 (this blog)

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

Posted by Andy Brown on 14 May 2018

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Features still in preview as of May 2018

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

Preview features May 2018

The third item - New from Web experience - looks exciting!

Here's a summary of the ones which might be of interest to readers:

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 4
Custom report themes These are like Microsoft Office themes, allowing you to change the look and feel of all your reports.  7 4
New From Web experience Currently you can only import data from HTML tables; this will analyse web pages and allow you to import almost any content. 8 1
Custom data connectors You'll be able to define your own connections to data sources, using the M language. 2 4
Q&A You'll be able to ask questions within published reports, and not just dashboards. 3 4
Dates as a hierarchy When you create a date hierarchy, this will appear in the field well. 2 4
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 2
Incremental Refresh Policies For Power BI Premium only, to begin with, you'll be able to update only data which has changed. 7 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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