Power BI's July updates bring a new look and more availability

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Power BI's July updates bring a new look and testing tools

In a recent post made by Microsoft, the monthly recap of all major Power BI improvements has been published, this time for the month of July.

Here’s a list of the most notable changes and improvements:

  • Paginated reports are becoming available for non-premium datasets
  • Power BI aggregations are becoming generally available
  • The entire On-premises data gateway July Update
  • The ability to send refresh failure notifications to others
  • Power BI Premium capacity testing tool and the complementary resources
  • A preview of the Service availability notifications
  • A preview of Power BI service’s new look
  • Power BI’s first African region made available
  • Power BI mobile’s report page tooltips 
  • Roadmap updates made public

What does this all mean?

One of the key features showcased is the support for non-premium datasets for paginated reports. This allows you to connect to datasets, which previously was a feature only available to those with a premium subscription.

However, those with non-premium subscriptions cannot publish their created paginated reports.

Additionally, Power BI aggregations were also given general availability over the course of July, which translates into better overall efficiency in both costs and performance management.

Another highlight of the July recap is the overall  update for the on-premises data gateway. This major update includes a .NET framework update, a fix for the well-known encrypted connection bug, and a better mashup engine. 

They also greatly improved the service’s notification system, improving the way you can send multiple users refresh failure notifications.

Premium subscribers get their hands on a new capacity testing tool

Those of you with a premium subscription will now also gain access to a new feature, namely the Power BI Premium capacity testing tool.

This feature will help test automated loads in a simulated environment. A GitHub repository was created especially for this new feature, and it can be used to reliably host the tools and its utilities.

Users that live in Johannesburg should know that the Power BI service will finally be available in their region. This now brings Power BI’s coverage to 19 regions in Microsoft’s public cloud.

Last but not least, the Business Application Release Notes has also been updated and made available for the general public.

What do you think about these Power BI improvements?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to continue the talk.