This new update introdcues loads of new visuals and updates to existing visuals.
Power BI is also getting a shiny new icon and an option to dismiss the splash screen on the desktop client.
The personalization of visuals is now generally available and we are introducing dynamic M query parameters in preview.
Microsoft is also releasing updates for the Power BI mobile apps to add support for notch displays.
After 10 years, support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020. In line with this, we will be stopping support for Power BI Desktop on Windows 7 on Jan 31st 2021. After that, Power BI Desktop will only be supported on Windows 8 and newer. The January 2021 release of Power BI Desktop Optimized for Report Server will be supported as per the Modern Lifecycle Policy i.e. supported until the next release (currently scheduled for May 2021), after which it will only receive security updates until January 2022, after which support will stop.
We are also making a change to the version of .NET that is required to run Power BI Desktop. Starting from this release you will need to have .NET 4.6.2 or greater installed. This is installed by default with Windows 10 and for older versions of Windows the Power BI Desktop installer will launch the .NET installer for you.
Here is the full list of October Power BI updates:
- Canvas watermarks
- Personalize visuals is now generally available
- Data point rectangle select for Treemap
- Dynamic M Query Parameters (preview)
- Automatic Table Detection from Excel files
- Automatic Table Detection from JSON files
- Broader geographical support for Power Platform Dataflows connector
- MariaDB now supports DirectQuery
- Updated SharePoint Online List Connector
- New connectors
- Power BI for HoloLens 2 (preview)
- Automatic page refresh is now supported on the Windows app
- Support for notch displays
- Extended admin capability features are now generally available!
- New visuals
- Zebra BI Charts (version 4.3)
- Zebra BI Tables (version 4.3)
- RoadMap by ADWISE (version v1.5.0)
- ZoomCharts (version 1.6)
- Bullet Chart by xViz
- Editor’s picks
- Simplified installation
- Find template apps from the Power BI Desktop
- DirectQuery support for template apps
To see demos of the highlights, check out the video below: