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Power BI Weekly Issue 95: 2nd February 2021

The long wait for some Power BI updates has passed! We've been provided feature summaries for Paginated Reports and Power BI Report Server, and we've been told about some very handy Step Folding Indicators for Power Query Online (let's hope they make it into Power BI Desktop soon). Also, while not being "announcements" as such, the Power BI 2021 release wave 1 plan has been released along with the wider Power Platform release notes. Some great features to look forward to here - my personal favourites being Power BI Embedded Gen2 (i.e. Premium Gen2 for Power BI Embedded), and Background validation for dataflows - so you'll no longer be blocked after saving and closing a Dataflow while it validates your queries! Do take a look at the rest of the release notes, though - there are many exciting things coming up.

Elsewhere this week, Gerhard Brueckl has provided a handy M function to read Delta Lake Tables natively in Power BI, and Antriksh Sharma has taken a deep dive into one of the quirks of DAX: Context Transition - Behind the scenes.

Data Prep

Covering: Power Query (M), Dataflows, Data connectors, AI Insights

Data Modeling

Covering: DAX (Measures & Calculated Tables/Columns), Relationships, Analysis Services, Composite models

Report Authoring and Interactivity

Covering: Layout and formatting, Visualizations, Interactivity, Themes, Mobile reports, Dashboards

Deployment, Security and Operations

Covering: Workspaces and Apps, Template Apps, Deployment Pipelines, Gateways, Security, Sharing, Licences, Admin operations, Developer Tooling


Covering: Cross-topic announcements & feature summaries, Whitepapers, Community events, Learning Resources & Certifications, Podcasts, Sample reports, End-to-end walkthroughs


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