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Changes in the June 2018 Update of Power BI Desktop
Part four of a four-part series of blogs

There are hardly any changes in this update - the only significant one is that you now sort and filter data within Power BI Desktop itself, rather than having to go into Query Editor.

  1. Changes in June 2018 Update of Power BI Desktop
  2. In situ sorting and filtering of tables of data
  3. Various small improvements to specific chart types
  4. Features still in preview in the June 2018 update (this blog)

For a cumulative list of all of the updates to Power BI Desktop going back to November 2016, see this blog, or have a look at the Power BI courses that we run.

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 June 2018

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Features still in preview in the June 2018 update

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

Features in preview

As regular readers will spot, nothing much has changed this month!

Here's my take on each of the generally useful features shown above:

Feature Notes Rating Months
Shape map visual Will this ever be released?  It will - eventually - let you produce pretty maps, with different regions coloured differently. 4 5
Custom report themes These are like Microsoft Office themes, allowing you to change the look and feel of all your reports.  7 5
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 2
Custom data connectors You'll be able to define your own connections to data sources, using the M language. 2 5
Q&A You'll be able to ask questions within published reports, and not just dashboards. 3 5
Dates as a hierarchy When you create a date hierarchy, this will appear in the field well. 2 5
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 3
Incremental Refresh Policies For Power BI Premium only, to begin with, you'll be able to update only data which has changed. 7 2


  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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