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December 2018 Updates for Power BI Desktop

15 December 2018

Clearly, there were Christmas parties to go to and New Year celebrations. Consequently, the list of December updates was a little smaller than usual. We’re not complaining – it takes me less time to write it! Here’s the updates for December:


  • Smart guides for aligning objects on a page
  • ArcGIS Maps for Power BI updates
  • Fields list accessibility support
  • Set tab order for objects on a page
  • Tooltips for button visuals
  • Updated icons for “Visual interactions”


  • Live Connect support for Q&A (Preview)


  • DAX formula bar updates
  • Data view accessibility support

Custom visuals

  • BIpm: Interactive directed flow graph

Data connectivity

  • AtScale connector (Beta)
  • Oracle Essbase connector (Beta)

Data preparation

  • Fuzzy merge - support for Top N best matches


  • High contrast support for all panes and report footer
  • Updated keyboard shortcuts dialog.

As always, we'll be detailing these updates in our next (January) newsletter. Please remember we have 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.