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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!).
- Changes to Power BI in the May 2019 Update
- Analysing the speed of Power BI reports
- Speeding up reports
- Small changes for line chart and KPI labels
- Improvements to geolocation in ArcGIS Maps
- Features currently in preview for Power BI (this blog)
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):
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:
|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|
- 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.