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April 2019 Power BI Desktop Release

From Microsoft PowerBI blog:

April is an exciting month for Power BI Desktop! Our April update has major updates across the entire product. This release adds the ability to define the titles of your visuals and the URLs of your buttons based on DAX expressions, which is only our first step towards making every property of a visual expression-based. You can also now easily link reports within a workspace together with across-report drillthrough support. We have a lot of new connectors this month and several of our preview connectors are now generally available, including the Power BI dataflows and PDF connectors. Data prep gets some major updates as well with the GA of data profiling and M intellisense.

Here’s the complete list of April updates:


  • Filter pane improvements

  • Support for full filter pane editing

  • Ability to rename filters

  • Filter pane scales with the report page

  • Restrict ability to change filter type

  • Improved filter pane accessibility

  • Conditional formatting for visual titles

  • Conditional formatting for web URL actions for buttons, shapes, and images


  • Drillthrough across reports

  • Key Influencers visual now supports continuous analysis for numeric targets

  • Python support is now generally available

  • Partial synonym matching for terms in Q&A




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Data connectivity

  • Power BI dataflows connector now generally available

  • Oracle Essbase connector now supports DirectQuery and is generally available

  • PDF connector now generally available

  • Web By Example connector – automatic table inference

  • Intersystems IRIS connector

  • Indexima connector

  • Luminis InformationGrid

  • Solver BI360

  • Paxata

Data preparation

  • Data Profiling enhancements and general availability

  • Fuzzy merge performance enhancements & general availability

  • M Intellisense supported in formula bar and custom column dialog & is generally available


  • Power BI Paginated Report Builder

For a summary of the major updates, you can watch the following video:

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