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March 2018 Updates for Power BI Desktop

12 March 2018

It's that time of the month again! Microsoft has just added its usual monthly slew of improvements and new features to Power BI Desktop. There were no changes to Analytics this month, but there are still many new items. The full list of revisions are as follows:


  • Report page tooltips (Preview)
  • Bookmarking is now Generally Available
  • Display units and precision control for table and matrix columns
  • Turn off the visual header in reading mode for a report
  • Improved default visual placement

Custom visuals

  • Mapbox
  • User List by CloudScope
  • Timeline by CloudScope
  • KPI Chart by Akvelon
  • R DataTable
  • Outliers Detection
  • Data Insights by MAQ Software
  • Dumbbell Chart by MAQ Software
  • Clustering using OPTICS by MAQ Software

Data connectivity

  • SAP HANA connector enhancements
    • DirectQuery multidimensional support is now Generally Available
    • SSL certificate validation support
  • SAP BW DirectQuery is now Generally Available
  • Azure Analysis Services connector is now Generally Available


  • Improved error reporting
  • View previous errors you’ve encountered.

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