What's new in Power BI Desktop?
November 2020 Update (2.87.261.0)
Our November Power BI Desktop updates include an entire family gathering of new and improved features; they're a feast of goodness.
The monthly blog and video updates for Power BI Desktop now also includes what's new updates for Power BI mobile and the Power BI service. This article discusses the updates for Power BI Desktop. To learn about updates for mobile and the Power BI service, check out their respective what's new articles:
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.
The links beside each feature in the Power BI Desktop update list are interpreted as 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.
Power BI Desktop will no longer be supported on Windows 7 after January 31st, 2021. After that date, Power BI Desktop will be 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:
- New Field List (preview) [video] [blog]
- New Model View (preview) [video] [blog] [article]
- Apply all filters now generally available [video] [blog] [article]
- Visual zoom slider [video] [blog] [article]
- Data point rectangle select extended to Map visual [video] [blog] [article]
- Certificate revocation check for web connections [video] [blog] [article]
- Paginated reports updates [video] [blog] [article]
- Anomaly detection (preview) [video] [blog]
- Q&A now supports partial matching data values [video] [blog] [article]
- Hive LLAP connector now generally available [video] [blog]
- New data connectors - Actian, Anaplan, Starburst Presto [video] [blog]
For detailed information about each of these new features, see Power BI Desktop feature summary blog post.
See the data sources available to Power BI Desktop. Our list is always growing, so check back often.
Power BI Desktop monthly update video
The following video describes each of these updates. You can also watch this 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: 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 Desktop updates for previous months? You can find them in the Power BI Desktop monthly updates archive.