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Our take on the new features introduced in the October 2019 update for Power BI
Part three 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 (this blog)
  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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The PowerApps visual is now part of Power BI

PowerApps allow you to create mobile phone apps without needing to know any HTML or JavaScript.  You can combine these with Microsoft Flow to let your Power BI reports make changes to your underlying database.


A modest (!) PowerApp that I've created, containing one data table and one button.


A typical scenario

The usual reason you will want to embed a PowerApp within a report is to use it to call a Microsoft Flow application:

Power apps

How the various technologies interact.

The Common Data Service allows you to store data from Microsoft Dynamics and other Microsoft applications in the cloud, and interrogate this from within Power BI and other applications.

Using the PowerApps visual

You certainly can't miss the PowerApps visual!

PowerApps visual

The PowerApps visual is the only dark visual in a palette full of light ones!


When you add this visual, you'll first be invited to choose a field for it:

Choosing a field

I'm not sure about the English in step 1, but you're basically choosing which data to pass to your embedded PowerApp.


You can then choose to use an existing app or create a new one:

Choosing an app

You can choose to create a new app or use an existing one.


As the above shows, I'm just beginning with PowerApps! 

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