We got fooled – no kidding. Some of the features in Power BI’s April release looked too good to be true. But they’re real! (we’re pretty sure). What are we most excited about? The ability to connect a new report to a data set already loaded in the Power BI Online environment! This allows developers to re-use existing data models in new reports more easily, while maintaining a single source control for that model.
The new report will continue to receive updates made to the original dataset. This brings Power BI’s data modeling one step closer to true data-warehouse functionality. We think calling this feature a ‘big deal’ is an understatement.
There’s also Quick Measures - a major upgrade to Quick Calcs. Quick Measures allows you to now create new calculations from numerical column data without having to know a single DAX formula (there are 19 calculations in this first iteration of the tool). No DAX is no joke. Eliminating the legwork required to create commonly-needed DAX formulas will save you time, and serve as a learning tool.
Also, you can now quickly add columns in the query editor with “add columns by example”. This smart data feature will learn from your previous examples to determine how to transform or extract data from your other columns. Read more about it here.
Other major improvements we are excited about? Word wrapping and custom axis labelling. They’ve been on our wish list for a long time and now we can word wrap column and row headers, as well as values in the matrix preview.
Learn more about the entire update by clicking below!