Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Power BI 2.0: Reasons to upgrade to Power BI Desktop

In an earlier post, we discussed that with the general availability (GA) of Power BI 2.0, that the preview Power BI Designer had been replaced with Power BI Desktop. But besides a new name and some color changes, is there any reason to upgrade?

Absolutely!  Here, are a few of the new features that have been added to the Power BI 2.0 Desktop.  And, while I cannot confirm it, I have heard that it is now available in both a 64 bit and a 32 bit version.

Figure 1:  New Visualizations, including the very nice waterfall chart. (Comparison of the waterfall chart with the line and column charts)

Figure 2: Add a company logo, a report title or summary text with the text and image insert tools.

Figure 3: In the preview designer, customizing reports was near impossible. 
Now, you can control the  graph legends, title, data labels, and colors.

Figure 4:  You can even control colors down to the field level.

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