Incremental refresh (General availability)

Important

Some of the functionality described in this release plan has not been released. Delivery timelines may change and projected functionality may not be released (see Microsoft policy). Learn more: What's new and planned

Enabled for Public preview General availability
Admins, makers, or analysts, automatically - May 2020

Feature details

Incremental refresh enables very large datasets in the Power BI Premium service with the following benefits:

  • Refreshes are faster. Only data that has changed needs to be refreshed. For example, refresh only the last five days of a ten-year dataset.
  • Refreshes are more reliable. It's no longer necessary to maintain long-running connections to volatile source systems.
  • Resource consumption is reduced. Less data to refresh reduces overall consumption of memory and other resources.

This capability will be brought to General availability, including removing the restriction that models be hosted in Power BI Premium. Anyone with a Power BI Pro license will be able to use this feature.

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