A summary of the new features in the October 2018 update of Power BI Desktop
Part one of an eight-part series of blogs

Not an earth-shaking update, but lots of nice new features nonetheless to make your life easier, including a better DAX editor, the ability to search for text when filtering a visual and a clever new connector which guesses what you want to import from a website.

  1. Changes introduced in the October 2018 Power BI update (this blog)
  2. Changes to the DAX editor
  3. Filters are now searchable
  4. Explaining why an increase or decrease has happened
  5. Controlling exporting of data
  6. The Web by Example connector
  7. Other changes in the October 2018 update
  8. Features awaiting in preview as of October 2018

For a cumulative list of all of the updates to Power BI Desktop in the last few year or two, see this blog, or have a look at the Power BI courses that we run.

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 October 2018

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Changes introduced in the October 2018 Power BI update

Since I've just given my first couple of DAX courses, for me this update is dominated by improvements to the DAX editor.  The other changes are welcome and well-designed, but none of them will change your life (unless you use ArcGIS, SAP or Microsoft Dynamics, that is).

Here's what's new this month:

Change Notes
DAX editor improvements You can now see line numbers, read indentation levels more easily and use a range of new short-cut keys.
Searching filters When filtering data, you can type in text to avoid having to scroll to the item you want.
Explaining changes You can right-click on a data item in a visual and ask Power BI to explain why it's increased or decreased since the previous period.
Controlling data export You can control whether viewers of published reports are able to export the underlying data for a visual, or just the summarised data.
Web by example You can now ask Query Editor to make intelligent guesses about what data you want to load from a website.
Other changes Miscellaneous other changes, including improvements to ArcGIS, new data connectors and accessibility enhancements.

As is now traditional for this series of blogs, I've also given a list of what's waiting in preview, with my thoughts on how useful each item may prove to be.

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