September Power BI Desktop update released with several new features

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Microsoft today announced the release of the September Power BI Desktop update with several new features and improvements. This update includes ESRI map integration, DirectQuery support for the Snowflake Connector, new forecasting features, and the ability to create a mobile report layout. This update also allows you to edit R visuals in your favorite R IDE. Watch the video below to see the new features in action.

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Here’s the complete list of September updates:

Report View

  • ArcGIS Maps for Power BI (Preview)
  • Mobile report layout (Preview)
  • Updated drill behavior


  • Forecasting (Preview)
  • Use your own R IDE

Data Connectors

  • Snowflake Connector DirectQuery Support
  • ProjectPlace Connector
  • Oracle Connector – Improved Navigator Previews Performance
  • OData Connector – Support for “Select Related Tables” option
  • SAP BW and SAP HANA Connectors – Enhancements to parameter input UX
  • Web Connector – UX Support for specifying HTTP Request Headers

Query Editing

  • Query Dependencies view
  • Show Errors experience
  • Query Editor Ribbon Support for Scalar Values
  • Add Function Invocation Column
  • Expand & Aggregate Columns – Support for “Load More” values
  • New Transform – Convert Table Column to a List
  • Keyboarding – Support for “smart typing” in dropdown menus

Other Improvements

  • In-product links to the Power BI Community