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A summary of the changes introduced in the September 2019 update to Power BI
Part six of a six-part series of blogs

This month sees the welcome (if belated) introduction of Excel-style custom number formats, as well as more (and easier-to-create) themes and a host of other minor improvements.

  1. New features in the September 2019 update of Power BI
  2. Custom number formats
  3. Themes are easier to create (and there are more of them)
  4. More things can be conditionally formatted
  5. Other new features in this update
  6. Features waiting in preview as of September 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 20 September 2019

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Features waiting in preview as of September 2019

Here are the changes currently waiting in preview:

Preview features

The preview list grows smaller each month, and is becoming a less reliable guide to what's coming to Power BI.

I may drop this feature in future updates, as most changes now bypass preview and go straight into Power BI proper.  A more reliable guide to what's coming is given here.

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 20
Spanish language support for Q&A The spirit of manana seems to have infected this feature. 2 20
New web table inference This will allow you to scrape even websites which don't have well-structured tables. 7 6
Incremental refresh policies This will give Premium users the ability to update only data which has changed. 7 17
Q&A live connect You'll be able to ask questions against live connections to databases. 2 10
Personalised visualisations pane This will give you the ability to have your own customised view of the visuals pane. 8 4

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

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