There are many updates this month coming soon across the many apps in the Power BI Suite: Office 365 Power BI Sites, Power View, Power BI Mobile app, Power Query, and Power BI Admin Center. Don’t forget, if you want to play with these updates you can get a free Office 365 Power BI Preview Account. You can see all the details on the Power BI Updates site. Here is a quick highlight of newly added features:

Power BI Sites
– Mark reports as favorites, so they show up on a My Power BI site

Power View in HTML5
– Now can see static images, theme colors, and data labels on Power View sheets
– Resize columns in a table or matrix

Power BI Windows Store app
– View matrices and key performance indicators (KPIs)
– Sorting in charts
– Drill up and down in column and bar charts
– Filtering dates with a date picker.

Power Query
– Added data sources Sybase IQ, Exchange and Dynamics CRM Online
– Automatic relationship detection when selecting multiple tables in the Navigator pane.
– New Query Editor buttons for Fill Down, Sort Ascending/Descending and Number Transformations.
– New Certified button added to Search to only show Certified results

Admin Center / Data Management Gateway
– Now can migrate data sources from one gateway to another
– Now can configure OData feeds with Windows Authentication
– Now can configure notification settings about certain events

The Power Query new Exchange data source, Power BI mobile app improvements, OData auth and nice certification features for self-service BI governance are all worth checking out.

The v1 release and pricing for Office 365 Power BI are still unknown. As you can see, Office 365 Cloud Power BI is getting a lot of investment, rolling out new features monthly in the Cloud First, Cloud Only philosophy. I am still waiting on the iPad version of the mobile BI app…I do hope that is coming soon Microsoft BI Santa. I recall a surprise holiday Service Pack release of SSRS and PerformancePoint on iPad that was a great gift back in 2011. Other Top 5 items on my Microsoft BI Santa wish list right now:

1. An iPad version of Power BI mobile BI app that includes on-prem SharePoint BI
2. Cross-filtering and more Power View chart types: combination charts, dual axis charts, treemaps
3. Enhancements to classic SSRS or add more granular control and scripting to Power View
4. Professional BI product improvements for Analysis Services Tabular Models and PerformancePoint
5. Predictive feature updates for the Excel Data Mining Add-In that I love so much

If you have Microsoft BI Santa wish list items, enter and vote for them at Microsoft Connect.