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

The December 2019 update allows you to customise your visuals pane and format KPIs better, but that's almost it!

  1. Power BI Updates for December 2019
  2. Customising the Visualisations Pane
  3. Many More KPI Formatting Options
  4. Conditional Formatting for Table/Matrix Values as URLs
  5. New DAX Quarter Function
  6. The Power BI Features Waiting in Preview (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 23 December 2019

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The Power BI Features Waiting in Preview

Here are the features currently waiting in preview:

Features in preview

The theme editor is an exciting addition to the list!

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 Will the shape map ever leave limbo? 4 23
Spanish language support for Q&A The spirit of manana seems to have infected this feature. 2 23
New web table inference This will allow you to scrape even websites which don't have well-structured tables. 7 9
Incremental refresh policies This will give Premium users the ability to update only data which has changed. 7 20
Q&A live connect You'll be able to ask questions against live connections to databases. 2 13
AI Insights function browser Detect the language used in text or assign a score to its sentiment using a range of AI tools. 4 2
Automatic page refresh If you're using DirectQuery, this 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 3
Query Diagnostics This will be similar to the SQL Server Query Profiler tool, allowing you to find bottlenecks in your data access. 8 3
Updated ribbon You can see what the new ribbon will look like here. 9 2
Decomposition tree visual A decomposition tree is a visual which shows a tree showing the breakdown of a number at different stages of a process. 7 2
Customize current theme This will allow you to set colour schemes, fonts and much more using a built-in editor, to avoid having to learn JSON - you can see a preview here. 8 1

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

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