January 2017 Update (2.42.4611.482)

You can now download the latest version of Power BI Desktop.

Microsoft has announced the fresh new features they are launching this month, as the first update of the new year. The links beside each update mean the following:

  • Some features have an [article] that provides more detail.
  • Most features are explained in the monthly update [blog]
  • 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:

Report View:

  • Table and matrix conditional formatting improvement – blank formatting [blog]
  • New aggregations for string and dateTime columns [blog]
  • Table header word wrap [blog]
  • General Availability (GA) of Phone reports [blog]

Data Connectors:

  • New or enhanced data connectors :
    • Visual Studio Team Services connector (Beta) [blog]
    • Enhanced SQL Server connector – support for SQL Failover option [blog]

Query Editing improvements

  • New transform: extract values from a nested list [blog]

NOTE: 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.

NOTE: You might also be interested in learning what’s new in the Power BI service, and also check out what’s new in the mobile apps for Power BI.

More videos

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Previous months’ updates

Looking for previous months’ updates? You can find them in the Power BI Desktop Monthly Updates archive article.

What’s new in the latest Power BI Desktop update? – January 2017

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