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Issue 157: 17th May 2022

Yesterday the Power BI May 2022 Feature Summary came out, and the feature that's drawn the most attention (quite rightly) has been the introduction of Field parameters, for a much more seamless way of allowing users to dynamically change the measures/fields shown on a chart. Other news this week includes the new ability for tenant admins to disable DirectQuery against Power BI Datasets (although I do sympathize if your tenant admin decides to do this), and that the Charticulator visual is now GA. We've also been told about some SandDance Power BI Custom Visual updates, the new Action bar for interactive reports in the Power BI tab for Microsoft Teams and the New Power BI Known Issue page. On that last point, Gilbert Quevauvilliers has created and demonstrated a helpful Known Issues Power BI Report with Alerting.

Issue 156: 10th May 2022

This week we've been told about the New data source and gateway management experience (which is primarily UX changes I believe), and we've been told about the upcoming Changes to the Power BI service – simpler navigation, improvements to lists on Home, and style updates - nothing much of note here other than what's in the title! Elsewhere this week, there are a few developer tips this week. Firstly, Mathias Thierbach has been back on Reid Havens' channel describing Calling the Power BI REST API with VS Code (with Mathias Thierbach) (as a great alternative to using the "Try it" tool in the Power BI REST API docs - which has actually been removed for some reason). Also, James Bartlett has provided a PowerShell script to allow you to Download Report Authored in Browser as PBIX and Marcus Wegener has used pbi-tools to describe how to Copy Power BI data model back to PBIX file.

Issue 155: 3rd May 2022

Some really cool news is that Analyze in Excel Workbooks are now saved to OneDrive for Business, which helps lower the barrier to entry even further for Excel users consuming Power BI datasets, especially those potentially using alternative OSs. We've also been told about the updates around High availability, load balancing and troubleshooting for the Vnet gateway.

Issue 154: 26th April 2022

Not a whole lot of content this week, and only really one update, which is that the On-premises data gateway April 2022 update is now available, which is compatible with the latest version of Power BI Desktop. Otherwise this week, Patrick Leblanc has presented a video Demystifying Custom Partitions in Power BI (a scary concept for many), Nikola Ilic has described another satisfying real-life use case of calculation groups in the blog How I transformed Excel “monster” into Power BI “beauty”, and Marco Russo has discussed some Side effects of rounding differences in Power BI - beware of your data types!

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