What's new in the latest Power BI Desktop update?
September 2019 Update (2.73.5586.561)
Our September updates are like an exciting return to school - new things to learn, updates to friends we missed over the summer, and opportunities to apply what we know into better future reports.
You can now download the latest version of Power BI Desktop, now delivered as a single .exe file that contains all supported languages. 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.
Beginning with the September 2019 release, Power BI Desktop is only released as a single .exe file that contains all supported languages. The .msi version is no longer being released.
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 and text classes in themes [video] [article] [blog]
- New default themes [video] [blog]
- Personalized visualization pane improvements (preview) [video] [blog]
- Custom format strings [video] [blog]
- Conditional formatting for more visual formatting options [video] [blog]
- Drill-through discoverability improvement [video] [blog]
- New DAX expressions: REMOVEFILTERS and CONVERT [video] [blog]
- Google Analytics report [blog]
- Performance improvements for multi-dimensional models [video] [blog]
- Query performance improvements for DirectQuery models [video] [blog] https://youtu.be/neq0THnRJzo?t=1208
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 describes and shows each of these updates. You can also see the video from the blog post.
Like learning about Power BI through videos and other engaging content? Check out the following collection of video sources and content.
- Power BI channel - Power BI on YouTube
- Guided Learning for Power BI - a sequential learning tour of Power BI, in bite-size pieces
Previous months' updates
Looking for previous months' updates? You can find them in the Power BI Desktop Monthly Updates archive article.