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Changes to Power BI in the January and February 2019 updates
Part seven of a seven-part series of blogs

There wasn't an official January update, although there were improvements announced to Power BI Service. This blog lists these, and also new features to wrap titles in visuals, apply rounded corners and change the default way in which visuals interact with each other.

  1. Power BI Updates for January and February 2019
  2. Word wrapping titles in visuals
  3. Rounded borders
  4. Improvements to the way visuals interact with each other
  5. Scheduled (time-based) subscriptions for your reports
  6. Miscellaneous updates to Power BI Service
  7. Power BI features waiting in preview, as of February 2019 (this blog)

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 15 February 2019

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Power BI features waiting in preview, as of February 2019

Here are the features currently waiting to be released:

Preview features

The features in preview as of February 2019.

Here's my take on what to expect from each feature:

Feature Notes Rating Months
Shape map visual As this visual passes its first birthday in preview, Wise Owl begin to wonder if it will ever see the light of day. 4 13
M Intellisense Autocompletion for the M Query Editor formula language. 8 6
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 13
Get data from PDF files Impressively, you'll be able to load data into a model from tables in a PDF file. 7 6
Enable column profiling Query Editor will assess the quality of data when you import a column and list possible errors. 8 5
Dates as a hierarchy When you create a date hierarchy, this will appear in the field well. 2 13
Python support The ability to specify a Python program which outputs data as a data source. 3 7
Incremental Refresh Policies For Power BI Premium only, to begin with, you'll be able to update only data which has changed. 7 10
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 6
Enable fuzzy merge You'll be able to control how similar items have to be to be considered the same when merging data. 6 5
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 4
New filter experience A new customisable and easy-to-use filter pane, with filters that you can lock and hide (Microsoft keep announcing updates to this, but it remains in preview for now). 9 4
Q&A Live Connect This will allow you to ask questions against live connections to databases. 2 3
Key influencers visual A new visual showing the main factors influencing changes in a key metric (such as sales). 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.


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