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New features introduced in the May 2019 update of Power BI
Part six of a six-part series of blogs

There's not much new in this month's update. The Performance Analyzer is a great idea, for working out which bits of your report are running slowly, but all of the other changes are minor (as you'll see if you read this blog!).

  1. Changes to Power BI in the May 2019 Update
  2. Analysing the speed of Power BI reports
  3. Speeding up reports
  4. Small changes for line chart and KPI labels
  5. Improvements to geolocation in ArcGIS Maps
  6. Features currently in preview for Power BI (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 20 May 2019

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Features currently in preview for Power BI

It's always interesting to see which features are in preview in Power BI (you can see the list by choosing Tools => Options from the menu):

Preview features

The current list of features in preview.

Here's a quick run-down of what's to come, together with how long each feature has been in preview limbo:

Feature Notes Rating Months
Shape map visual Will this ever see the light of day? 4 16
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 16
New web table inference Power BI will provide support for scraping websites which don't have neatly formatted tables. 7 2
Incremental Refresh Policies For Power BI Premium only, to begin with, you'll be able to update only data which has changed. 7 13
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 9
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 7
Q&A Live Connect This will allow you to ask questions against live connections to databases. 2 6
Key influencers visual A new visual showing the main factors influencing changes in a key metric (such as sales). 7 4


  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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