Microsoft Power BI Desktop | December 2018 Update

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Although Microsoft's last Power BI update created a great deal of excitement thanks to the latest developments in the software package, December 2018 saw things progress to the next level with a whole range of new features for users to take advantage of.

Reporting, analytics and modelling improvements were just the beginning of the December list of Power BI elements making their debut, and we have summarised some of the most important announcements below.

For the full detail of December's updates, take a look at the video:


Reporting improvements for stunning visuals

If you are spending a great deal of time trying to get items on a page to all line up correctly, this could now be a thing of the past with the introduction of Smart Guides (these can also be turned off if desired). They operate in a similar manner to the lines that appear when you move elements around a PowerPoint slide.

Visual spatial analytics have also received a huge boost with the introduction of new functions in ArcGIS Maps, and users can now enjoy a vastly improved user interface and new boundary and infographic data for 130 different countries, along with the ability to pin up to 5,000 addresses per map when you have a 'Plus' subscription.

Analytics that now pack an even more powerful punch

Live connect support for Q&A has now progressed to the 'Preview' stage, with the majority of live connect applications now allowing users to use Q&A for eye-catching visuals. This function needs to be switched on manually via the 'Options' menu, and feedback so far is extremely positive.

Superior modelling

The DAX formula bar has now become far easier to use with the introduction of a 'zoom' feature using the 'CTRL' and '+' and '-' keys. This is in response to feedback that certain fonts can make the characters within the bar difficult to read on smaller screens.

Accessibility support has also been improved in 'data view', with 'CTRL' and 'F6' now allowing you to navigate around this area. Microsoft developers have taken this new functionality one step further with the introduction of table-style navigation that allows you to move around this section with the same keys that you would use to skip to different areas of an Excel spreadsheet.

These are just a few of the many improvements in Power BI that were announced in December. To find out more or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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