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Our take on the April update to Power BI (announced on May 6th!)
Part five 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
  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 (this blog)

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Posted by Andy Brown on 09 May 2020

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Features waiting in preview

There are some exciting new features in preview this month:

State of preview options

The current features waiting to emerge from preview.

Starting with the bottom half of this list, the following features are fairly new additions (and should actually happen):

Feature Notes
AI insights function browser This will apply AI to your datasets, allowing you to extract key phrases, deduce sentiment and much more besides.
Personalize visuals You'll be able to give your end users the ability to make changes to visuals that you've published.
Automatic page refresh You'll be able to tell Power BI to update your page automatically, by detecting when the underlying data has updated.
Updated ribbon Although this is in preview, it's turned on by default, so you should now be familiar with this.
Store datasets using enhanced metadata format You'll be able to store datasets in Tabular Object Model format - should you want to.
Decomposition tree visual This is a great new custom visual which allows you to explore data stored against several different dimensions.
Hierarchy slicer This will let you slice by (for example) regions, and then within regions by towns.
Relative time filter This will allow you to show (for example) all transactions in the last 3 hours, 10 minutes or 15 seconds!

Nearer the top of the list, there are four features which Microsoft seem to have forgotten about!

Feature Notes Months in preview
Shape map visual Will this ever see the light of day? 27
Spanish language support for Q&A Will Power BI show better answers when you put your question in Spanish?  Time will tell - hasta luego. 27
New web table inference Power BI will provide support for scraping websites which don't have neatly formatted tables. 24
Q&A Live Connect This will allow you to ask questions against live connections to Analysis Services databases. 17

Isn't it time to admit defeat and admit that the shape map visual will never see the light of day?

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