by STB Blogger

Power BI for Office 365 Preview Updated with New Features

Today Microsoft announced the addition of significant new features to the Power BI for Office 365 preview, a self-service business intelligence (BI) service delivered through Office 365 first introduced at the Worldwide Partner Conference in July. Those updates include:

  • The addition of Q&A which allows customers to search their enterprise data using natural language query and instantaneously generate stunning visual results from each query. With Q&A, Microsoft looked at how consumers experienced Bing search and used that knowledge to enable customers to query their enterprise data and receive the correct answer in the form of an interactive chart or graph. To see Q&A in action, check out this video.
  • Improvements to two Power BI add-ins for Excel.
    • Power Map has been updated to include new region-based visualization tools that color-code geo-political areas including zip codes, counties, states, countries and regions. Additionally, Power Map now enables customers to create videos that can be optimized for a number of devices and shared through social media, PowerPoint slides and Office 365. For more information about these updates, see today’s post on the Microsoft Excel blog.
    • Power Query now includes an improved online search experience and an expanded number of available datasets including those from and the Windows Azure Marketplace, in addition to Wikipedia.

These new features compliment the current capabilities already included in the Power BI for Office 365 preview and deliver on Microsoft’s vision to enable the broadest set of people to gain actionable insights from big data, at anytime from anywhere. To learn more about today’s announcements, you can check out a number of blog posts including: Data Platform Insider, Official Microsoft Blog, Office News, Excel, Bing, Inside Microsoft Research blogs. You can visit today to register for the preview.