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August 2021 Updates for Power BI

15 August 2021

This month sees updates for Q&A, shapes and automatic aggregations for DirectQuery, amongst other inclusions. The full list reads as follows:


  • Customise shape formatting
  • x-axis constant line improvements
  • Default sensitivity label policy in Power BI Desktop (Preview)


  • Sharing Q&A synonyms


  • New way of expressing Date and DateTime values
  • Evaluation configuration settings

Data Connectivity and Preparation

  • One Dataflow connector (connector update)
  • Automy Data Analytics (new connector)
  • Azure Databricks (connector update)
  • Dremio (connector update)
  • Google BigQuery (connector update)
  • Quickbase (connector update)


  • Sensitivity labels for paginated reports (Preview)
  • Leverage automatic aggregations to enhance performance over DirectQuery datasets
  • Power BI REST API support for DAX Queries (Preview)
  • Detailed historical activity information for Premium datasets (Preview)


  • New mobile report footer


  • New Power BI visuals store experience
  • New visuals
  • Timeline by Queryon
  • Drill Down Graph PRO by ZoomCharts
  • BIpm custom visual by ProcessM.

As always, we'll be detailing these updates in our September 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.