Saturday, July 25, 2015

Power BI 2.0: Upgrading to the Power BI Desktop

With the general availability release of Power BI 2.0 on July 24, 2015, preview users will want to upgrade from the preview release of Power BI Designer to the latest Power BI Desktop.

Over the last several months, Microsoft has issued several updates to the Power BI Designer, all with an included time stamp in the installer package file.  The latest was PBIDesigner_x64_20150517.msi.
September 23, 2015, Microsoft released an updated Desktop.  Power BI Desktop is now available as download, with the file name of PBIDesktop_x64.msi. After logging into Power BI, simply use the download option, to download the new Power BI Desktop.

Figure 1: Download

During installation, it will remove the earlier version of Power BI Designer. Icon colors have changed to gold and black from the initial green and white. The interface has also been updated to better match the changes they made this week to the website prior to release.

Figure 2:  Improved Power BI Desktop layout

Figure 3:  The earlier Power BI Designer layout

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