Power BI’s first update for 2022 introduces some cool new features including a new template app that describes upcoming features in Power BI!
New mobile formatting options
A big bugbear in Power BI has long been the struggle of translating desktop reports into a mobile-friendly format. Previously, there was a need to duplicate & hide copies of visuals – essentially creating a whole “hidden” copy of the report just for presenting a mobile-friendly view.
This month’s update allows formatting changes to be made to the mobile-optimised view – allowing you to maintain one set of visuals and adjust the default formatting to better suit the mobile layout, without affecting how they display on your desktop report.
Note: This feature is currently in preview and needs to be manually switched on. To do this, go to “File > Options and settings > Options > Preview features > Modify visuals settings for mobile layout”.
For more details on this feature, you can check out Microsoft’s blog post here.
New Format Pane
The Power BI team have introduced a new format pane this month, with improvements including:
Re-adding outline settings for tables & matrices;
Re-adding the ability to toggle axis titles independently of the axes;
Re-adding the ability to add shading to combo charts;
Re-adding the ability to customise marker shapes by series for scatter charts;
Reordering of the field wells within the Build pane to match the order of the new format pane cards for pie, donut, and scatter charts.
The new format pane is on by default as a part of the February update. It is a bit of an adjustment to work out where all the formatting features are located, so fortunately this feature can be switched off under “File > Options and settings > Options > Preview Features > New format pane”.
As a part of this new feature, Microsoft is heavily encouraging user feedback, with an accessible “Share feedback” link located next to that feature toggle.
WebView2 now required
Starting with this release, Power BI will require WebView2 to be installed to use Power BI Desktop.
Power BI Release Plan app
Microsoft has announced a new template app that describes upcoming features in Power BI! The Power BI Release Plan app visualizes features from the Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform release plans, making it easy to track monthly releases and to stay up to date with upcoming features! With searchable text and direct links to feature details, it has never been easier to share the excitement of each Power BI release!
The Power BI Release Plan app is brought to you by the Power BI team and is available on AppSource. To learn more about the app’s functionality, click here to view the documentation.