Power BI March Updates Released by Microsoft

by | Mar 30, 2023

Query parallelization helps to boost Power BI dataset performance in DirectQuery mode

We are excited to announce significant query processing improvements in the Power BI engine around query parallelization in DirectQuery mode, which can help to accelerate query response times, specifically for DAX and MDX expressions that generate multiple storage engine (SE) queries.


Power BI and PowerPoint: A Powerful Combination for Data Visualization is now generally available

We are happy to announce the general availability of Power BI integration with PowerPoint. This integration makes presentations more engaging and informative by allowing users to create rich, interactive visualizations that can be embedded in PowerPoint slides. The is now available also in national clouds. The integration has also added new features such as the ability to use a single visual, leverage Smart Insights to generate text that summarizes the data in the slide, and a “What’s new” banner to keep users informed of new capabilities.


Power BI Org Apps with Multiple Audiences now Generally Available

Following our last announcement in August of launching the Public Preview of Multiple Audiences for Power BI org apps, we are excited to share that this feature is now generally available! With this, the multiple audience feature will now be supported by Power BI Mobile.


The Scanner API now includes even more metadata, such as scheduled refresh settings, RDL, RLS configuration, and more

This Scanner API release extends coverage for artifact metadata, RDL data source properties, dataset sub-artifact metadata, and datamart metadata.


Use Power BI data from different regions in your Power Apps solution

Announcing support in cross region support when working of Power BI and Power Apps Solutions


On-object | Public Preview (Opt-in)

Introducing On-object! The new way to build and format your visuals. We’ve heard time and again from our user research studies PBI desktop is hard to use. We’ve also seen countless new users struggle to navigate our UI to perform simple actions such as completely missing the fields pane all the way on the right side of the screen, unable to add data to the correct field wells, fishing around the format pane to rename, change colors, or format text styles of their visual. These same users instinctively right-click on areas of the visual expecting a menu to help. Aligning to our new “Office-like” strategy we bring you, on object. A new way to build and format visuals directly on the visual.


Deep dive into the new Apply all slicers and Clear all slicers buttons!

Want to make multiple selections across all the slicers on your report page then apply them at once? Need a quick way to clear all the slicer’s selections at once, without a bookmark? Now you can!


Power BI March 2023 Feature Summary

After almost 10 years, support for Windows 8.1 has ended on January 10, 2023. In line with this, we will stop support for Power BI Desktop on Windows 8.1 on January 31, 2024. After that, Power BI Desktop will only be supported on Windows 10 and newer. The January 2024 release of Power BI Desktop for Report Server will be the last release to support Windows 8.1, and this version will only receive security updates until January 2025 per the Modern Lifecycle Policy.


Analysis Services server properties in Power BI Premium are now in general availability

General availability for the additional Analysis Services settings for workspaces in Power BI.


On-premises data gateway March release

Welcome to March! We have an updated version of the on-premises data gateway, compatible with the March version of PBI Desktop.


Power BI Metrics: Hierarchies performance tips

Top 5 tips for improving performance of hierarchies in Power BI Metrics


Explore new capabilities in Microsoft Power BI at the Microsoft Business Applications Launch Event

Businesses today are constantly facing new and bigger challenges. Technology is diversifying and evolving faster than ever to address these issues, giving industries across the board a growing number of solutions to sift through.


Gartner Analytics and BI Bake-off 2023: Analysis of Flooding and Flood Mitigation

Each year, as part of the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit, Gartner invites vendors from the Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms to show how their product can help solve real-world problems and find insights in real-world data. We wanted to share a video that highlights the features we demoed at the Gartner event.


Pin workspaces

You can pin your workspaces on top of the list. And unpin them anytime as needed. This functionality enables you to easily navigate to the workspaces that are most relevant to you without searching through the workspace list.


For more information, view the blog here: March 2023 | Microsoft Power BI Blog | Microsoft Power BI

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