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Power BI Desktop October 2018 Feature Summary

Power BI Desktop Updates

With a wide range of updates to the Power BI desktop app this month, we are excited to provide an overview of what is new. Users of Power BI will be excited about the service for both our composite model and aggregation previews. This allows users to start using the preview features in standard reports. Have a look at some of the new updates, both big and small in the video from Microsoft. 


October updates Summary


  • Search in filter cards
  • Improved accessible authoring experiences
  • Performance improvements for ArcGIS Map


  • DAX editor improvements


  • Composite models & Aggregation support in the Power BI service (preview)
  • Explain the increase for non-additive measures

Custom visuals

Data connectivity

  • Web By Example connector is now generally available
  • SAP BW Connector implementation v2 is now generally available
  • SAP BW Message Server Connector is now generally available
  • Vertica connector is now generally available
  • Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central connectors are now generally available
  • New Dynamics 365 Business Central On-premises connector

Data preparation

  • Data Profiling in Query Editor (preview)
  • Fuzzy Matching options for Merge Queries (preview)


  • Control export data options for your reports
  • Transport layer security settings


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If you would like to see all of the details for these updates, please see the Power BI Blog

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Tanya Denton

Tanya is an expert in Office 365, SharePoint Online and associated products such as Power BI. As an expert in CSP (Cloud Solutions Provider), she is knowledgeable about licencing and the state of the market as well as product functionality.

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