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Help Improve Power BI Desktop

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

We love hearing feedback from the Power BI community.​ This helps us to understand what we're doing well, and what we can change to make your experience even better. Once a quarter, we conduct a survey to get insight into your level of satisfaction with Power BI and to gather feedback on how to improve the Desktop experience. This is a great opportunity to provide feedback directly to the product team. In addition, if you take the survey by 5 p.m. PST on June 30th, you will be entered for a chance to win a $50 AMEX giftcard.

Announcing Data Refresh APIs in the Power BI Service

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Today, I am excited to announce the general availability of new APIs for managing data refresh in the Power BI service. These new APIs will allow you to programmatically trigger data refreshes and retrieve refresh history for any dataset that you own. With these versatile new tools, you’ll be able to easily automate and scale out Power BI data refresh management – no more clicking through dataset settings or flipping through refresh histories. In addition, these APIs open the door to integrating data refresh into your existing ETL or deployment processes. You could, for example, trigger Power BI data refresh as the last step in your Azure Data Factory ETL pipeline. And, as an ISV, you can easily manage the data for all your embedded analytics solutions.

Webinar Wednesday: Data Visualization Design Discussion Lab

Monday, June 19, 2017

Take your dashboard and reports to the next level with a hands-on look at improving and updating your visual design in Wednesday's webinar! Join Microsoft Design and Data Visualization Lead Miranda Li as she reviews two existing reports and suggests ways to approach design differently. The webinar is on June 21, 2017, at 10 a.m. PT.

Interactive R custom visuals support is here!

Monday, June 19, 2017

R is a strong and popular language, enabling developers to create great analytics on data, as well as visualization. Developers can already create R custom visuals that plugs into Power BI reports, to enable report authors to use those custom visuals without known R. This is a powerful capability to extend the visualizations of Power BI. We are proud to announce that R custom visuals can now also be interactive, by generating HTML as the visual (instead of the static image that was supported until now), R custom visuals are capable of supporting tooltips and selections.

Community Blog Highlights

Friday, June 16, 2017

Have you visited the Power BI Community blog lately? Along with rapidly growing forums, event listings, and ways to leave feedback, the Community blog is a platform for you to share ideas with your peers, industry experts, and us here at Microsoft. To get started, simply message me, @Jessica, with a rough title for your post and a couple of sentences to describe your topic. Now, let's check out some of the great posts from the last month!

Microsoft Data Insights Summit 2017 Day 2 Recap

Thursday, June 15, 2017

It’s a wrap! The Microsoft Data Insights Summit is officially over but that doesn’t mean that we cannot continue enjoying the amazing content, sessions, and community activities that happened between Monday and Tuesday. Let’s try to summarize the day again (even if we can’t do it justice).

Microsoft Data Insights Summit 2017 Day 1 Recap

Monday, June 12, 2017

Wow! What a day we had yesterday at the Washington State Convention Center. It was a day full of fun, learning, and networking. Let’s take a quick look at what happened (assuming that is even possible to do in one blog post) and get ready for today.

ArcGIS Maps for Power BI is now Generally Available on

Monday, June 12, 2017

In collaboration with Esri, a leader in the geographic information systems (GIS) industry, we're excited to announce that ArcGIS Maps for Power BI has reached general availability (GA).

Power BI Desktop June Feature Summary

Monday, June 12, 2017

Our June release is full of new reporting features, new data connectors, accessibility features, and more. A few highlights of the June release are the addition of data bars to tables and matrices, markers for line charts, new map themes, and a horizontal image slicer. In addition, we are continuing to improve the “Add Column from Example” feature in the Query Editor.

Power BI Premium generally available

Monday, June 12, 2017

Today during the Microsoft Data Insights Summit, James Phillips, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Business Applications, Platform and Intelligence (BAPI) organization, announced the general availability of Power BI Premium.

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