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December 2019 Updates for Power BI Desktop

17 December 2019

December sees the usual raft of Power BI Desktop updates. In Preview, there is the new 'Customize theme' dialog that allows you to tweak common theme settings without having to write or modify a JSON file. Additionally, you may now export the current theme as a JSON so you can easily share, reuse, or make modifications to the JSON in an editor. The recently added decomposition tree receives several new formatting options with this update too.

But that’s not all. Here’s the complete list of December updates:


  • Customize current theme (Preview)
  • Export current theme
  • Setting table column or matrix value as a custom URL
  • KPI visual formatting settings
  • New decomposition tree formatting
  • Filter pane toggle button in the new Ribbon
  • Automatic Page Refresh query details (Preview)


  • Load more for Analyze Insights
  • New DAX function: QUARTER


  • Personalisation of the Visualization pane is now Generally Available
  • New xViz visuals:
  • New Zebra BI visuals:
  • Drill Down Combo Bar PRO by ZoomCharts
  • Annotated Bar by Queryon
  • Tachometer 5 Ranges
  • ValQ licensing updates

Data Connectivity

  • Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 connector is now Generally Available
  • Power Platform Dataflows connector
  • PostgreSQL connector now includes the Npgsql provider
  • AtScale connector is now Generally Available
  • Azure Time Series Insights connector
  • Data Virtuality connector
  • Zucchetti HR Infinity connector

Data Preparation

  • Updates to AI Insights functions (Preview)

Template Apps

  • Omnichannel insights for Dynamics 365
  • Customer service analytics for Dynamics 365
  • Microsoft Forms Pro for Customer Service.

As always, we'll be detailing these updates in our February newsletter (the updates came out too late for our January edition, sorry!). 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.