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The March 2020 update to Power BI desktop is a full one, as this blog shows!
Part eleven of a eleven-part series of blogs

New goodies in this month's update include the roll-out (sort of) of the new ribbon, new actions for buttons, multi-column sorting and a second axis for line charts.

  1. The March 2020 Power BI Desktop Update
  2. The new ribbon is live (sort of)
  3. Page navigation buttons
  4. Drill-through navigation buttons
  5. Multi-column sorting
  6. Searching in the filter pane
  7. Line charts can now have a dual axis
  8. The new DAX COALESCE function
  9. Changes to ArcGIS
  10. Query Diagnostics
  11. Generating embed codes is now turned off by default (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 14 March 2020

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Generating embed codes is now turned off by default

One of the most common questions we get during the publication section of Power BI courses is: how can you share a report without paying for a Power BI licence?  The answer is to generate an embed code:

Generating embed codes

You can choose this option in Power BI to create a URL which you can give to your friends and colleagues.


If you do this now, you will see this message:

Contact admin message

Your Power BI administrator can toggle the option to allow the generation of embed codes.

The obvious reason behind this change is that it allows organisations to protect the confidentiality of their data by ensuring that workspace users can't publish it without their permission, however obscure the URL generated.

Strictly speaking this change wasn't part of the Power BI Desktop March 2020 update - I think it changed in February - but it's an important change, and I wanted to make sure that people are aware of it.

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