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February 2021 Updates for Power BI

24 February 2021

They’ve been on hiatus, but they’re now back with a vengeance! The raft of Power BI updates returns, with new items such as a new colo(u)r picker that features an RGB colo(u)r selector and a search bar to make discovery of features easier. New filtering operations have been added, and improvements have also been made in configuring email subscription attachments.

Here is the full list of updates:


  • DirectQuery for PBI datasets and Azure Analysis Services Updates (Preview)
  • Search bar
  • Model view updates (Preview)
  • New Field List (Preview)
  • Small Multiples (Preview): gridlines and background colours
  • Color picker
  • Smart guides for aligning objects are now available in the Mobile layout view
  • New filter operations: “is empty” and “is not empty” are introduced into the fold
  • More granular control over certificate revocation check for web connections


  • Anomaly detection now in the Ribbon

Data connectivity

  • Snowflake: support for custom roles
  • Parquet files: connector available in Power BI Desktop
  • Hive LLAP: support for Windows authentication
  • Salesforce: API update
  • SAP HANA and BW: new documentation


  • Email subscription attachment


  • Easily find your organisation’s endorsed content using the mobile app
  • Power BI Free license users can now navigate to workspaces in the Mobile apps


  • New visuals
  • Shielded HTML Viewer by Nova Silva
  • Zebra BI Tables (version 4.5)
  • Zebra BI Charts (version 4.5)
  • ValQ 2.0 released with connected and collaborative planning features
  • Drill Down Combo PRO by ZoomCharts

Template apps

  • Microsoft partners: installing a preconfigured template app
  • Sales Analytics AI for Microsoft Business Central


  • Visual container fix
  • EnumObjectInst with no datarole support


  • New icon update
  • Advanced notice: Microsoft 365, including Power BI, ending support for Internet Explorer 11 and legacy version of Microsoft Edge
  • Paginated reports export API is now Generally Available.

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