What's new in the latest Power BI Desktop update?

November 2018 Update (2.64.5285.461)

Our November updates are a bountiful harvest of new features and functionality. So sit down with your family of data and analytics enthusiasts, pass the potatoes, and dig in to our feast of updates.

You can now download the latest version of Power BI Desktop. If you're running Windows 10, you can also get Power BI Desktop from the Windows Store. The monthly versions are the same even though the version numbering may differ between the two, regardless of which way you install Power BI Desktop. See this article for more information.

The links beside each update mean the following:

  • [video] excerpts play in a new browser tab, when the feature is being discussed.
  • Some features have an [article] that provides more detail.
  • Most features are explained in the monthly update [blog] post.
  • Lastly, some features are self-explanatory and don't need and article or video.

You can also watch the Latest Updates video from the beginning, right inside this article, by clicking on the play icon on the video image found below the list of updates.

The following updates are new to Power BI Desktop this month:



  • Color saturation on visuals upgraded to use conditional formatting [video] [blog]
  • Follow-up questions in the Q&A explorer [video] [blog]


Custom visuals

Data connectivity


You can also check out all the data sources available to Power BI Desktop; our list is always growing, so check back often.

Want more information about these updates? Take a look at the blog post, where you can get more detailed information about each of these new features (this is the same blog post references in the list above).

The following video channel describes and shows each of these updates. You can also see the videos from the blog post.


You might also be interested in learning what's new in the Power BI service, and also check out what's new in the mobile apps for Power BI.

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Previous months' updates

Looking for previous months' updates? You can find them in the Power BI Desktop Monthly Updates archive article.