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A summary of new features introduced in the August 2019 Power BI update
Part six of a six-part series of blogs

This was a month of few updates. Our favourite by far is that you can now group visuals, but the Key Influencers visual has also emerged from the preview shadows.

  1. New changes for the August 2019 Power BI update
  2. Grouping visuals
  3. The new Key Influencers visual
  4. You can now choose from conditional icon sets
  5. Updating old reports to the new filter pane
  6. Features waiting in preview as of August 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 19 August 2019

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Features waiting in preview as of August 2019

Here are the changes currently waiting in preview:

Preview features

More features these days seem to be bypassing preview altogether, and going straight into Power BI proper.

Here's my take on how useful each feature will be, together with the length of time in months the feature has been stuck in limbo:

Feature Notes Rating Months
Shape map visual Surely some time soon Microsoft will throw in the towel for this? 4 19
Spanish language support for Q&A The spirit of manana seems to have infected this feature. 2 19
New web table inference This will allow you to scrape even websites which don't have well-structured tables. 7 5
Incremental refresh policies This will give Premium users the ability to update only data which has changed. 7 16
Q&A live connect You'll be able to ask questions against live connections to databases. 2 9
Personalised visualisations pane This will give you the ability to have your own customised view of the visuals pane. 8 3

The higher the rating, the more generally useful I'd expect the feature to be.

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