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April 2020 Updates for Power BI Desktop

7 May 2020

You may have noticed the usual monthly Power BI Desktop updates have come out a little late. This is because they were delayed, in order to be announced at the virtual Microsoft Business Applications Summit (MBAS) instead, which was held on Wednesday, 6 May. If you missed it, you can check out some of the highlights here.

Anyway, there were the usual multitude of updates, including a new visual personalisation feature to allow end-users to explore and customise visuals all within the consumption view of a report. But that wasn’t all: if you’re interested in fast refresh scenarios, these were accommodated too.

Here’s the full list of updates:


  • Personalize visuals (Preview)
  • Change detection for page refresh (Preview)
  • Relative time filter (Preview)
  • Rectangular lasso select across visuals
  • Conditional formatting for totals and subtotals in table and matrix
  • Customize theme dialog is now Generally Available
  • Improved discoverability for conditional formatting


  • Direct Query support for AI visuals
  • Decomposition tree now supports ToolTips
  • Q&A updates


  • Radar/Polar chart by xViz
  • Comicgen by Gramener
  • Pareto by sio2Graphs
  • Growth Rate Combo Chart by Djeeni
  • Smart Filter Pro by OKViz
  • New Visualization icons

Template Applications

  • Power Platform Center of Excellence StartKit
  • Azure Cognitive Search: analyze logs and metrics
  • COVID-19 Apps

Data Preparation

  • Enhancements to Query Diagnostics

Data Connectivity

  • CDM Folder view for Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2


  • New instructor-led training.

As always, we'll be detailing these updates in our June newsletter. Please remember we have virtual / online training in Power BI which you can find out more about here. If you are not already a subscriber, why not sign up at the bottom of any SumProduct web page? And don't forget to download the latest version of Power BI Desktop here too.