Issue 99: 2nd March 2021
This week there's been an influx of announcemnets. Probably the most sought after being the Power BI February 2021 Feature Summary - the first Power BI feature summary this year! The updates include a new Search Bar in Desktop, new connectors, new visuals and many other updates. Announced separately was the General Availability (GA) of the Power BI connector for Databricks, which includes AAD auth and SSO in DirectQuery mode, and the public preview of Object-Level Security in Power BI - a great new feature to give you finer-grained control over your data models in Power BI. Also shared this week:
Issue 98: 23rd February 2021
In the past week, Microsoft has again been named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Analytics and BI Platforms, which will probably not come as a surprise to any of you reading this newsletter. But well done to the team nonetheless - maintaining the stronghold in this space is no easy feat. Arun Ulag has also written a blog Data insights without limit, security without compromise, which highlights how Power BI handles your data from a security perpective, talks about upcoming features, and shares a new whitepaper to deep dive into the specifics. Do take a look.
Issue 97: 16th February 2021
No official announcements this week, although we have been told about some interesting free training events taking place next week: Power BI Dev Camp – Thursday 25 February 2021, Developing with .NET 5 and App-Owns-Data Embedding, and Instructor Led Training - 24th & 25th of February, 2021 from 5:00 AM – 9:00 AM PST. Do take advantage of those if you can spare the time. Elsewhere this week, Phil Seamark has described a helpful way to Visualise your Power BI Refresh on your Premium workspace, Eason Fang has written about Conditional formatting based on custom fields: change the default background style, Stephen Tao has described The workaround of using the measure as axis in the visual, and Reid Havens has shared a short video describing Why You Should Hide Visual Level Filters.
Issue 96: 9th February 2021
A feature I highlighted on the release plan last week is now available in preview, and that's Power BI Embedded Generation 2. Note that you can't currently upgrade Gen1 capacities to Gen2, but that will be automatic upon GA (estimated in July). Keeping on the Embedded theme, Adam Saxton has shared the New Contoso Sample app for Power BI Embedded, showcasing many of the alluring cutomisation features of Power BI Embedded, written in React & Typscript on the client side and C# (.NET 5) on the server side. A great starting-point for your Embedded apps.