Microsoft Power BI Desktop | Febuary 2019 Update

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The new updates for Power BI Desktop in February 2019 cover data connectors, analytics enhancements and features. Every update release is an exciting time for users of the software, and this February has been no exception.

The latest version of Power BI Desktop is now available to download, and if you're running Windows 10 you can find it in the Windows Store. Despite the different version numbering between the two, the monthly versions are identical regardless of the way you install the software.

The latest updates video can be watched in full here, but we have collated the key updates below!


The new filter pane has been updated for improved accessibility. Word wrap on titles to avoid truncation of longer titles.

  • In line charts, you can now cross-highlight on a single point in order to filter not only on the category, but also on the individual date.
  • Visual borders now have rounded corners for your aesthetic preferences.

You can update the default visual interaction for cross filter without having to manually change every visual individually.


There have been improvements to the script editor for Python & R, whereby they use the same script editor that is used for the DAX formula bar. You will also now get insights-related questions in Q&A, along with auto-generated suggested questions for the Q&A explorer.

Of course, you're still able to add your own suggested questions as required. And, in a handy move, you can now get a key influencers visual, which represents the first AI visualisation in a series of planned releases.

Custom visuals

There are now 10 new custom visuals available, along with a new custom visuals feature. The new custom visuals include:

  • Advanced Donut Visual
  • Advanced Combo Visual
  • Advanced TimeSeries Visual
  • Advanced Network Visual
  • 3AG Systems - Line chart with absolute variance
  • Summary Table
  • KPImg
  • Ultimate KPI Card
  • Violin Plot

They are the result of a move to promote visuals containing advanced features, and are free to download but include in-app purchases to get their full functionality.

Data connectivity

Following the success of the Certified Connector programme in October 2018, this month has seen five new partner-developed and maintained net connectors arrive in the community. Here's the list of new connectors:

  • Guidanz' BI Connector for OBIEE
  • Microsoft Graph Security
  • Kronos Workforce Dimensions
  • MarkLogic
  • Qubole Presto
  • SurveyMonkey
  • Sagra Emigo
  • Quick Base

The other update for the month is the improved Live connect and DirectQuery error messages. For a full, detailed round-up of the updates, take a look at Microsoft's detailed blog post

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