Newest Power BI Features for February 2017

Microsoft has released Power BI Desktop for February 2017 with some great additions! These include new Quick Calcs for measures, formatting features, and improvements to data connectors and query editing.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s new:

Reports get more formatting control
• Word wrap on matrix row headers
• X- and Y-axis font size control
• Cartesian chart minimum category width
• Line chart line thickness and join type controls

Analytics
• 2 new Quick Calcs: percent of row total & percent of column total

Data connections and query editing
• ODBC and OLE DB connectors: support for selecting related tables
• Enhanced Folder connector: support for combining binaries from the Preview dialog
• Unified text & CSV connectors
• PowerApps Common Data Service connector
• Specify the desired column type and locale in column headers type menus
• Easily insert steps in existing queries

Some of these updates may sound a little dry, but they actually bring a lot of exciting new functionality. For example, PowerApps is a powerful new tool that allows you to use cloud data without any coding!

Would you like to learn more?

  • Here is a complete breakdown of the new features.
  • If you have Power BI questions or are wondering if Power BI is a good fit for a project you have in mind, please feel free to contact us. We’re always willing to have a quick chat to help things makes sense.