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Changes to Power BI in the January and February 2019 updates
Part one 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 (this blog)
  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

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 Updates for January and February 2019

This blog lists the updates to Power BI introduced in the January and February 2019 updates.

Well, strictly speaking just for February!  There wasn't an announcement from Microsoft in January, nor was there an official Power BI update (although Power BI Service did get a stream of improvements).  This blog combines all of the January and February changes together.

So what's new?  Word wrapped titles, rounded corners for visuals and the ability to create time-based subscriptions for reports ... this is another month when it's the features in preview which are of most interest.

Change Notes
Word wrapped titles You can tell Power BI to wrap the title of any visual if it doesn't fit in the allocated visual width.
Rounded corners You can apply rounding to the corners of any visual (a small change, but the results look good).
Visual interaction changes It's now possible to change the default for visual interactions to filter data, not highlight it (and you can also now filter by line chart data points)
Time-based subscriptions Want to send a page of your report to your boss at 3am every morning?  Now you can!
Other Power BI server updates January saw a range of improvements for the Report Server part of Power BI, as well as the introduction of personal bookmarks in Power BI Service and the ability to easily embed reports on web pages.

The new filter pane and model view, meanwhile, still wait in limbo, along with a new visual showing key KPIs.

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