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This is a small update, but a very welcome one! You can now (finally) zoom in the DAX editing window, and also use smart guides to align visuals. There are also other minor cosmetic and keyboard updates.
- Changes for the December 2018 update to Power BI
- Smart guides help you to align objects
- Changes to the DAX editor
- Cosmetic changes to the look of Power BI
- Keyboard changes
- Features still in preview as of December 2018 (this blog)
Posted by Andy Brown on 13 December 2018
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Features still in preview as of December 2018
I don't think there's been any movement in the Power BI preview features this month. Here's what's coming soon:
The features waiting in preview.
Here's my take on what to expect from each feature:
|Shape map visual||Is this useful map type doomed to spend the rest of eternity in preview?||4||11|
|M Intellisense||Guessing your way round the M language (used to manipulate data loaded into your data model using Query Editor) will become much easier when this is introduced.||8||4|
|Spanish language support for Q&A||Will Power BI show better answers when you put your question in Spanish? Time will tell - hasta luego.||2||11|
|Get data from PDF files||Impressively, you'll be able to load data into a model from tables in a PDF file.||7||4|
|Enable column profiling||Query Editor will assess the quality of data when you import a column and list possible errors.||8||3|
|Dates as a hierarchy||When you create a date hierarchy, this will appear in the field well.||2||11|
|Python support||The ability to specify a Python program which outputs data as a data source.||3||5|
|Incremental Refresh Policies||For Power BI Premium only, to begin with, you'll be able to update only data which has changed.||7||8|
|Manage aggregations||You will be able to load data at a summarised level into a data model (thus taking up far less space), while still allowing users to drill down to a lower level.||6||4|
|Enable fuzzy merge||You'll be able to control how similar items have to be to be considered the same when merging data.||6||3|
|Modelling view||A whole new way of looking at relationships, which will also give you the ability to apply changes to multiple fields/tables at the same time.||9||2|
|New filter experience||A new customisable and easy-to-use filter pane, with filters that you can lock and hide.||9||2|
|Q&A Live Connect||This will allow you to ask questions against live connections to databases.||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).
- The final column shows the number of months that each feature has spent in preview since I started tracking it.