Power BI – What new features has Microsoft given us in February 2021

Power BI Update

 

By Scott Bryson, BI Developer, CSL

 

Overview

Microsoft has recently released their February 2021 round of updates inline with their monthly release schedule. Below I have pulled some of the more interesting points from this release.

Just remember to enable any preview features in Power BI desktop settings to be able to see some of these.

Lots of the updates this month are pushing features from preview to generally available but there are a couple of new features I will touch on.

 

Before I get into the highlight this month there has been a branding change:

You will all be familiar with the old logo, shown opposite

This has been changed to the below; which you may have seen when opening Power BI desktop. This has now been carried over to the entire suite of tools.

 

Here are the highlights:

 

Reporting

Search Bar

An improvement to the new desktop ribbon is the addition of a search bar. Whilst this sounds simple it is something that has been missing from Power BI. You can use this in the same way you would any search bar, to help you navigate the tool for the harder to find commands and options.

You will get suggestions as soon as you click into the search bar before you even type, which are based on the current state of your report.

 

There is more info on this included in the full release which is linked at the bottom of this summary. 

 

Colour picker

The colour picker has been changed to allow you to enter an RGB value in addition to a HEX value, again a small change but allows a different way of working.

 

New filter operations: “is empty” and “is not empty”

Another one that sounds simple but can have a big impact! When filtering text you can now choose “is empty” and “is not empty”

The operation is empty shows items when the value is an empty string (“”).

The operation is not empty shows items when the value is not an empty string (“”).

This will be extremely useful when filtering text and allows you to handle text better in Power BI if the option isn’t there to deal with it at source.

 

Data connectivity

 

Visualizations

New Visualizations

New this month are:

As is usually the case with the added visuals, these are from third party companies and may come with an additional charge for usage.

To Wrap It Up

For a full list, including any feature I did not touch on, here’s the official announcement

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-february-2021-feature-summary/

If you would like any more information on some of these features, or any of the features of Power BI, please get in touch with us to see if we have something to suit your needs.
Call us on 01483 528302 or email Lee Ronan at leer@csl-uk.com.