The April 2019 update to Power BI has many good features, as this blog explains
Part nine of a nine-part series of blogs

The April 2019 update to Power BI introduces a new concept: the ability to make the value of a property dynamic. Other welcome new changes include M Intellisense, data profiling in query editor and cross-report drill-down.

  1. The April 2019 Update to Power BI Desktop
  2. Conditional titles for visuals and conditional URLs
  3. Intellisense in the M Query Editor Language
  4. Data profiling in Query Editor
  5. Cross-report drill-through
  6. Fuzzy merging
  7. Power BI Dataflows
  8. Other changes in the April 2019 update
  9. Power BI features waiting in preview, as of April 2019 (this blog)

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

Posted by Andy Brown on 18 April 2019

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Power BI features waiting in preview, as of April 2019

There's been a bit of a purge of preview features this month, but the poor shape map visual remains while many of its more glamorous companions have left:

April 2019 preview features

April 2019 preview features.

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

Feature Notes Rating Months
Shape map visual Will this ever see the light of day? 4 15
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 15
New web table inference Power BI will provide support for scraping websites which don't have neatly formatted tables. 7 1
Incremental Refresh Policies For Power BI Premium only, to begin with, you'll be able to update only data which has changed. 7 12
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 8
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 6
Q&A Live Connect This will allow you to ask questions against live connections to databases. 2 5
Key influencers visual A new visual showing the main factors influencing changes in a key metric (such as sales). 7 3

Notes:

  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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