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October 2018 Updates for Power BI Desktop

22 October 2018

Another month, another 21 updates. You can’t say you aren’t getting your money’s worth (given it’s free!). The latest updates are as follows:


  • Search in filter cards
  • Improved accessible authoring experiences
  • Performance improvements for ArcGIS Map


  • DAX editor improvements


  • Composite models and Aggregation support in the Power BI Service (Preview)
  • Explain the increase for non-additive measures

Custom Visuals

  • Mapbox updates: 3D extrusion on fill maps and more
  • Various bar and column chart visuals by Akvelon
  • 3AG Systems: column chart with small multiples
  • 3AG Systems: bar chart with absolute variance
  • 3AG Systems: column chart with relative variance

Data Connectivity

  • Web By Example connector is now Generally Available
  • SAP BW Connector implementation v2 is now Generally Available
  • SAP BW Message Server Connector is now Generally Available
  • Vertica connector is now Generally Available
  • Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central connectors are now Generally Available
  • New Dynamics 365 Business Central On-premises connector

Query Editing

  • Data Profiling in Query Editor (Preview)
  • Fuzzy Matching options for Merge Queries (Preview)


  • Control export data options for your reports
  • Transport layer security settings.

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