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Our take on the new features introduced in the October 2019 update for Power BI
Part six 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
  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 (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 October 2019

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Features in Power BI preview as at October 2019

The list below shows the features in preview in Power BI after the October 2019 update:

Preview features

The current list of Power BI features waiting in limbo.

Note that this list is becoming unreliable (for example, the new Q&A tooling feature is in preview mode, but isn't mentioned in the list).

The new preview features this month are Query Diagnostics and Automatic page refresh.  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 21
Spanish language support for Q&A The spirit of manana seems to have infected this feature. 2 21
New web table inference This will allow you to scrape even websites which don't have well-structured tables. 7 7
Incremental refresh policies This will give Premium users the ability to update only data which has changed. 7 18
Q&A live connect You'll be able to ask questions against live connections to databases. 2 11
Automatic page refresh If you're using DirectQuery, this very useful feature will allow you to set your page to refresh as often as you like (the minimum refresh interval allowed will be 1 second!). 8 1
Personalised visualisations pane This will give you the ability to have your own customised view of the visuals pane. 8 5
Query Diagnostics This will be similar to the SQL Server Query Profiler tool, allowing you to find bottlenecks in your data access. 8 1

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

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