What's new in Power BI?
October 2021 Update (2.98.683.0)
There's a scary-good collection of features in this month's release, sure to make you want to dress up as your favorite character and go door-to-door telling your neighbors all about it - it's quite a bag of goodies.
This article describes updates to Power BI Desktop and the Power BI service. To learn about updates for mobile, check out What's new in the mobile apps for Power BI.
The links beside each feature in the list are follows:
- [blog]: Most features are explained in a section in the monthly update blog post.
- [video]: Some features have a video excerpt that discusses the feature, which plays in a new browser tab.
- [article]: Some features have an article that provides more detail.
- The remaining features are self-explanatory and don't need an article or video.
You can also watch the entire Power BI monthly update video.
Get the latest version of Power BI Desktop from the Download Center. If you're running Windows 10, you can also get Power BI Desktop from the Microsoft Store. Regardless of how you install Power BI Desktop, the monthly versions are the same, although the version numbering may differ. For more information about downloading and installing Power BI Desktop, see Get Power BI Desktop.
Power BI Desktop is updated and released on a monthly basis, incorporating customer feedback and new features. Only the most recent version of Power BI Desktop is supported; customers who contact support for Power BI Desktop will be asked to upgrade to the most recent version. You can get the most recent version of Power BI Desktop from the Windows Store, or as a single executable containing all supported languages that you download and install on your computer.
Power BI Desktop is no longer be supported on Windows 7. Power BI Desktop is supported on Windows 8 or newer versions of Windows, for the most recent release of Power BI Desktop only.
The following updates are new to Power BI Desktop this month:
- Heat map layer - Azure Maps Visual (preview) [video] [blog] [article]
- DirectQuery for Power BI datasets and Azure Analysis Services [video] [blog] [article]
- Tenant-level features switch for Bing Maps [video] [blog] [article]
- Azure Cosmos DB V2 (preview) [video] [blog]
- SIS-CC-SDMX (preview) [video] [blog]
- Usercube (preview) [video] [blog]
- Updates to many connectors [video] [blog]
- ODBC support for paginated reports (generally available) [blog] [article]
- New instructor led training available for DAX in a day (Beta) [blog]
See the data sources available to Power BI Desktop. Our list is always growing, so check back often.
For detailed information about each of new feature, see Power BI feature summary blog post.
Power BI monthly update video
The following video describes each of these updates. You can also watch this video from the blog post:
This video might use earlier versions of Power BI Desktop or the Power BI service.
Like learning about Power BI through videos and other engaging content? Check out the following collection of video sources and content:
- Power BI channel: a collection of Power BI videos on YouTube.
- Microsoft Learn for Power BI: a sequential learning tour of Power BI, in bite-size pieces.
Updates for previous months
Looking for Power BI updates for previous months? You can find them in the Power BI monthly updates archive.