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Our take on the April update to Power BI (announced on May 6th!)
Part one of a five-part series of blogs

It was announced 6 days after the end of the month, but the April 2020 update to Power BI was worth waiting for - if only for the fact that you can now select visuals by clicking and dragging with the mouse. See our take on the new features in this update in the latest in our series of monthly update blogs.

  1. April 2020 update to Power BI (this blog)
  2. Three significant changes to your everyday Power BI use
  3. Custom theme editor
  4. Other changes in the April 2020 Power BI update
  5. Features waiting in preview

We've been creating our idiosyncratic monthly blogs on Power BI updates since November 2016, and also deliver online and classroom Power BI courses.

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 May 2020

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April 2020 update to Power BI

The first thing to notice about the April update to Power BI is that it was announced on May 6th - another victim of COVID-19 (it also sounds like there won't be a May update).

The April update isn't huge, but it corrects two huge historic anomalies - you can now select visuals by dragging and dropping, and there's a sensible way to show when a property can be set to the value of an expression.  Here's our full take on the new features:

Change Details
Three high-impact changes The visual icons have all been updated (not for the better, sadly), you can click and drag to select visuals and it's now much easier to see when a property can be dynamically set.
Custom theme editor There is now an easy-to-use but limited custom theme editor built into Power BI.
Other changes Other minor improvements: you can extend conditional formatting to include table and matrix totals, there are even more options for running query diagnostics, and the Q+A visual has received even more TLC.

Finally, I've listed the features waiting in preview this month (of which the most exciting is the one which will allow you to give end users the ability to change visuals).

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