Welcome to Microsoft Ignite!

The world has basically modified in 2020. People have needed to adapt to working digitally and independently. Teamwork and collaboration are carried out totally via screens and full organizations have change into distant work forces.

“We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months. From remote teamwork and learning, to sales and customer service, to critical cloud infrastructure and security—we are working alongside customers every day to help them adapt and stay open for business in a world of remote everything.”

Satya Nadella, Apr 29th, 2020

How we share and eat knowledge should remodel as nicely. Since Energy BI was made usually out there over 5 years in the past, our mission has been to assist our prospects drive an information tradition, the place each particular person could make each resolution higher knowledgeable by knowledge.



We’ve been arduous at work and we’ve some thrilling new capabilities to announce at present that may assist our prospects drive readability after they want it most.


  • Empower each particular person.
  • Empower each group.


Discover out extra about these bulletins and extra in our September 2020 summary post.


Learn the weblog under and join us for our sessions at Ignite to be taught extra.


Empower each particular person – immediately acquainted experiences and AI infused insights.

The Energy BI group continues to advance the cutting-edge in leveraging AI and ML to assist enterprise customers and enterprise analysts extract insights from each structured and unstructured knowledge. Energy BI has a complete set of AI capabilities within the trade – serving to our prospects analyze textual content and pictures, construct automated machine studying fashions, work together with their knowledge just by asking questions, and robotically detect patterns of their knowledge – all via extremely interactive visible experiences.


A list of AI powered experiences in Power BI for data scientists, analysts and business users including Azure ML, Python & R integration, and natural language query & generation.


We’ve three thrilling new bulletins at present:

Sensible narratives (public preview)1 – report authors will be capable to add and tailor dynamic, interactive narratives to stories which might be robotically generated by Energy BI. Finish customers get clear explanations which might be constantly up to date as they slice and cube the info. Study extra in regards to the visible in our September 2020 feature summary post.


A Power BI report where the new smart narratives visual is added and edited.


Anomaly detection (coming quickly)3 report authors will be capable to add enrichments to visualizations to robotically discover anomalies based mostly on personalised parameters. Choosing an anomaly will set off an additional evaluation that explains the anomaly for the top person. These explanations could be personalized by the report creator.



Energy BI for HoloLens 2 replace (preview)1Energy BI continues to be an trade chief in bringing insights into the actual world via augmented actuality. We’re excited to announce that the Energy BI for HoloLens app provides help for HoloLens 2. It makes it straightforward to view and work together with stories and dashboards on high of your real-world setting. Customers can get report pages and dashboards into combined actuality, and as soon as they do, visuals exist there each time they open the app, up to date in actual time, and persisting till they select to take away them. Learn more about Power BI for HoloLens 2 in this post.


Power BI for HoloLens 2 demo for elevator inspections showing interactive reports.


Empower each group – BI woven into the material of the group.

The way in which we get work carried out has modified dramatically over the previous few months. With the shift to distant work, Energy BI is making it simpler than ever to infuse knowledge into the instruments you employ to work. Whether or not that’s collaborating in Microsoft Groups, exploring knowledge in Microsoft Excel, or leveraging the Energy Platform to show insights into motion. Immediately, we’re saying a number of new capabilities that infuse knowledge into person’s on a regular basis instruments whereas enabling IT to really feel assured that it’s ruled and secured.


Energy BI app in Groups (preview)2 – Microsoft Groups helps folks keep linked whereas working aside. The brand new Energy BI app will allow customers to shortly uncover, search and focus on knowledge with out ever leaving Groups. This central, personalised dwelling for knowledge in Groups will be sure that insights are at all times only a click on away from the place conversations are taking place and the place choices are made. Microsoft Groups directors can select to pin the Energy BI app to the left-hand navigation of Microsoft Groups, encouraging all the group to infuse knowledge into their daily collaborations.




Dataset discovery in Microsoft Groups (preview)3Quickly, customers will be capable to uncover out there datasets from throughout the group immediately from the Energy BI app in Groups. Energy BI datasets are secured and ruled, with permissions-based entry, row stage safety, the flexibility to certify, and with full help for Microsoft Data Safety. From there, customers can shortly generate a Energy BI report or select to research and discover the info in Excel. It has by no means been simpler to search out the info you might be in search of.



Study extra about these Microsoft Groups updates in our blog post about improved collaboration experiences.


Excel Licensed Datasets (GA) 3 & Knowledge sorts (Preview) 1Excel is likely one of the most generally used instruments on the planet for exploring knowledge. Energy BI and Excel have made it simpler than ever to search out trusted datasets which might be refreshed, ruled, and secured by natively integrating Energy BI into Excel. First, we’ve built-in Energy BI into the Excel PivotTable expertise. Customers can browse shared and licensed datasets to create a linked PivotTable with out ever leaving Excel. The info stays linked and refreshed, and due to row-level safety and Microsoft Data Safety labels coming from Energy BI, the info additionally stays secured. As well as, customers can discover Energy BI tables inside the Excel knowledge sorts gallery. This enables customers to work with Energy BI knowledge immediately within the Excel grid – permitting them to make use of formulation, construct spreadsheets and analyze their knowledge in a well-recognized manner, all constructed on high of Energy BI knowledge. Join us on October 29th 2020 to learn more about Power BI data types.



Empower each group – scale to essentially the most demanding enterprise wants.


As adoption of Energy BI grows in a company, IT should scale to satisfy essentially the most demanding wants of the enterprise together with exponential knowledge and utilization development, efficiency, governance, safety, and compliance. Immediately we’re saying new capabilities in Energy BI that allow IT to satisfy these necessities whereas managing a wholesome TCO and assembly enterprise SLAs.


Energy BI Premium Gen2 with Energy BI Premium Per Consumer licensing mannequin (coming quickly)3

Energy BI Premium supplies capabilities which might be unmatched within the trade – the whole lot from constructing automated machine studying fashions, to cognitive providers, pixel good paginated reporting, and knowledge preparation at scale on Azure Knowledge Lake Gen2.

Premium has been out there on a per capability licensing mannequin since launch. With this new technology of Energy BI Premium, we’ve made enhancements to the underlying structure which can assist prospects improve their ROI, scale quickly and stand up to 16X sooner efficiency. Prospects can even get visibility into utilization on the Workspace stage, enabling constant utilization evaluation and cost-management.  As well as, prospects could have the flexibility to opt-in to a brand new functionality to scale capability as and when wanted. This function referred to as autoscale, will add one v-core at a time for intervals of 24hrs when there are overloads detected on account of unplanned utilization. V-cores are robotically eliminated throughout idle intervals. Extra v-cores will probably be charged to an Azure subscription on a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) foundation.

We’re additionally very excited to announce Premium Per Consumer – which supplies capabilities of Energy BI Premium, now on a per-user license mannequin as a brand new choice for patrons. This addresses a key buyer and group ask – to offer a decrease value entry worth level to get entry to Premium capabilities. Premium Per Consumer will probably be out there for free of charge throughout public preview. Premium per person will probably be uniquely inexpensive and extremely aggressive amongst particular person person choices within the trade.  Keep tuned for the official pricing announcement as we get nearer to the GA timeframe.  I assure you gained’t wish to miss it.

With per person and per capability licensing choices, prospects can select one of the best and most cost-efficient bundle for his or her wants and luxuriate in the advantages that Premium supplies.



Energy BI efficiency accelerator for Azure Synapse Analytics (preview)3 – this new functionality, turned on in Azure Synapse Analytics, tracks essentially the most utilized Energy BI queries in a company and creates cached views to optimize question efficiency, guarantee knowledge is at all times updated, and enhance entry to perception. With the efficiency accelerator, Azure Synapse and Energy BI collectively change into a constantly studying system optimizing efficiency as utilization grows and utilization patterns evolve.




Visible knowledge preparation (coming quickly)3 We’re introducing “Diagram View” inside the Energy Question Editor, that gives an interface to simply create your queries and visualize your knowledge preparation course of. We wish to simplify the expertise for analysts to get began, pace up the info preparation course of, and assist shortly perceive the info stream, each the ‘big picture view’ of how the queries are associated and the ‘detailed view’ round particular knowledge preparation steps inside a question. This function will change into initially out there inside Energy Question On-line (e.g. inside Energy BI dataflows) and can change into out there in Energy Question Desktop inside the subsequent calendar yr.



Deployment pipelines (GA)1 – permits content material creators to enhance Energy BI content material publishing effectivity and accuracy by transferring it via improvement, take a look at, and manufacturing environments. GA launch consists of help for incremental refresh, authorities clouds availability and improved person experiences. You can learn more about deployment pipelines in our GA post.



Knowledge supply affect evaluation (preview)1 permits content material creators establish which datasets and dataflows use a selected knowledge supply throughout the entire Energy BI tenant, then notify respective contacts re potential adjustments or issues within the knowledge supply. Study extra about knowledge supply affect evaluation in our September 2020 feature summary post.



MIP sensitivity labels in Energy BI – Energy BI is the one BI product within the trade to help MIP sensitivity labels, serving to enterprises classify content material in Energy BI and shield it at the same time as knowledge is exported to Excel, PowerPoint and PDF recordsdata. This functionality has change into crucial for patrons as COVID ends in giant elements of the group accessing company knowledge remotely. We’re including help for extra knowledge loss prevention (DLP) buyer asks:

Energy BI dataset MIP sensitivity label utilized on Excel file when utilizing stay join (recent release): Excel robotically inherits the sensitivity label from Energy BI when a person immediately connects a PivotTable to a Energy BI dataset. Label adjustments can even be up to date robotically upon knowledge refresh.

MIP sensitivity labels in Energy BI desktop (preview)3 – We’re increasing MIP sensitivity labels help to Energy BI desktop, to allow creators to use sensitivity labels and safety on PBIX recordsdata whereas creator dataset and stories in Energy BI desktop. The label utilized in desktop will persist upon publish dataset and report.



As you possibly can see, we’ve a ton of thrilling new capabilities teed up for you within the coming months. You possibly can be taught extra about all these capabilities within the Ignite periods under:

We’re trying ahead to seeing you in these periods and like at all times, because of all our Energy BI group members who even underneath the present circumstances, assist us make Energy BI higher on daily basis.


1 – Obtainable at present
2 – Scheduled to be out there later this month
3 – Scheduled to be out there later this yr

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