Power BI’s August update brings grouping and Analytics features

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Power BI's August update brings grouping and template features
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Microsoft is working hard on their Power BI service and mobile.

After recently highlighting Power BI’s July updates and implementing some new capacity settings, the Redmond giant now released the changes included in the August 2019 Power Bi Desktop update.

Power BI Desktop’s update brings a lot of new changes

The most important improvement added is the highly anticipated feature from the Microsoft Business Application Summit, grouping.

This new feature allows you to group visuals, shapes, text boxes, images, and buttons together on your report page. But that’s not the only thing that’s changing.

Here’s the full list of improvements:


  • Grouping visuals
  • Filter pane auto-update
  • Icon style picker for Icons conditional formatting
  • Conditional formatting warnings


  • Key influencers improvements
    • Measure support
    • General availability


  • xViz visualization suite by Visual BI
    • Multiple Axis chart
    • Marimekko chart
    • Variance chart
    • Horizon chart

Data connectivity

  • Support for SAP HANA HDI Containers
  • Edit SAP variables in Power BI Service (preview)
  • PostgreSQL DirectQuery (beta)
  • MarkLogic connector now generally available
  • New Power Platform category within Get Data

Template apps

  • Facebook Pages – Basic Analytics

You can also check out the following video for a summary of the major updates:

If you’re looking to download Power BI Desktop, you can do so from the Microsoft Store.

What’s your opinion on the latest Power BI Desktop improvements? Leave your answer in the comments section below.


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