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Our take on the new features introduced in the October 2019 update for Power BI
Part one of a six-part series of blogs

This month's big story is a huge range of improvements to the Q&A feature in Power BI, with more in the preview pipeline. There are also a built-in PowerApps visual, improvements to data profiling in Query Editor and a new template for connecting to datasets.

  1. Updates to Power BI for October 2019 (this blog)
  2. The new Q+A visual, and many other Q+A changes
  3. The PowerApps visual is now part of Power BI
  4. Data profiling enhancements in Query Editor
  5. PBIDS files to create data access templates
  6. Features in Power BI preview as at October 2019

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 October 2019

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Updates to Power BI for October 2019

Here's what Microsoft have to say about this month's updates:

"Our October updates are as fun as a pumpkin patch run, and more exciting than a midnight tour through a haunted mansion."

Here are our more measured words!

There are two new visuals: one for creating PowerApps, and one for creating Q&A visuals.  The big change for this month is the Q&A feature, to which Microsoft have clearly devoted a huge amount of time and money.

And here are the main changes (as always, I've omitted features still in preview, new custom visuals and obscure data connectors):

Feature Notes
Q&A visual If you liked the Q&A feature before, you will love it now - Microsoft have gone to great lengths to embed it within Power BI.
PowerApps visual You can now create PowerApps visuals within your reports using a standard visual.
Data profiling changes There are a few improvements to data profiling in Query Editor (the feature which allows you to find anomalies in data that you're loading).
New PBIDS file format You can now create a type of report template which prompts users to choose to which data they want to connect.

Despite my threat in last month's blog I've also retained the traditional list of preview features, because Microsoft have added two useful new announcements to this.

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