Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft has released March 2021 feature update for the Power BI Desktop. (Download latest version)

This update focusses mainly on DirectQuery for Power BI datasets and Azure Analysis Services, Small Multiples, and the Model View UI.

Here is the full list of March updates:


  • DirectQuery for Power BI datasets and Azure Analysis Services (preview)
  • Advanced Data Selection in Azure Maps Visual
  • Color Picker Updates
  • Updates to new Field List (preview)
  • Word-wrap in Small Multiples titles (preview)
  • Updates to background settings on Small Multiples (preview)


  • X axis constant line for line charts


  • Model View UI (preview)
  • CALCULATE filters are easier to use

Data connectivity

  • Kerberos-based SSO for Denodo
  • Certified Connectors


  • Featured content on Home Updates
  • View dataset details from workspace list view
  • Filter apps gallery to view only endorsed apps


  • New visuals
  • SMART KPI List by Nova Silva
  • Comparison Chart
  • Combo Bar PRO Visual
  • Editor’s picks

Template Apps

  • Download PBIX files for installed template apps
  • Analyze Popular Stocks with Power BI
  • Facebook Ads Overview Report – by


  • The new Power BI embedded analytics playground
  • Power BI Embedded Generation 2 (preview)
  • Power BI embedded analytics new Contoso demo
  • New Client API documentation


  • Windows 7 Deprecation
  • Certificate revocation check controls now available in Desktop interface
  • External Tools integration in Desktop generally available
  • Power BI instructor led training – Advanced Data Modeling and data shaping
  • Desktop change log
  • Check out the video below for a summary:

Check out the video below for a summary: