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Test drive July 18, 2018 Update to Power BI

You can download Power BI Desktop from link shown at the end , or get it from Microsoft Store (Search for Power BI in Windows Store).

Power BI is Microsoft's Business Intelligence software that allows you turn out eye-catching reports from a variety of data sources offering superb visualization. What is more? It is updated every month to bring in new functionalities; improve existing ones and offering new data connectivity options.

I downloaded from Windows store and it looks like there are two versions of Power BI. I chose the first option.

The full name of the product I installed is the following:

These are the new features of the July 2018 update:

Composite models (preview)

New visual header with more flexibility and formatting
Wallpaper formatting
Theming update – more visual and page control (preview)
Tooltips for table and matrix
Turn tooltips off for visuals
Slicer accessibility
Formatting pane improvements
Stepped line support for line and combo charts
Turn off combo chart data labels for individual series
Sorting experience improvement

Distribution factor insights

Custom visuals
Power BI certified category
Disabling specific organizational visual
Visio custom visual generally available
Mapbox custom visual generally available
DataText Box custom visual
China Scatter Map custom visual

Data Connectivity
IBM DB2 DirectQuery connector (preview)
Improvements to Web By Example connector
Support for importing multiple custom tables
Automatic completions for specifying sample values
Exposure of attribute selectors in HTML.Table function
SAP HANA – Default values for variables in Variable Input experience

Download link & feature summary and  here.

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Jayaram Krishnaswamy is a technical writer, mostly writing articles that are related to the web and databases. He is the author of SQL Server Integration Services published by Packt Publishers in the UK. His book, 'Learn SQL Server Reporting Services 2008' was also published by Packt Publishers Inc, Birmingham. 3. "Microsoft SQL Azure Enterprise Application Development" (Dec 2010) was published by Packt Publishing Inc. 4. "Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Business Application Development [Paperback] "(2011) was published by Packt Publishing Inc. 5. "Learning SQL Server Reporting Services 2012 [Paperback]" (June 2013) was Published by Packt Publishing Inc. Visit his blogs at: http://hodentek.blogspot.com http://hodentekHelp.blogspot.com http://hodnetekMSSS.blogspot.com http://hodnetekMobile.blogspot.com He writes articles on several topics to many sites.