Todd Kitta
Jul 26 · 4 min read

Power BI Dataflows Compute Boost and Templates

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-dataflows-june-2019-feature-summary/

Power BI Viewer Role for Workspaces

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-new-viewer-role-for-power-bi-workspaces/

This has been a big ask for a while. Allows users to view dashboards/reports without browsing datasets or dataflows. There are licensing implications so please read the blog post.

Power BI Paginated Reports Update

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-paginated-reports-june-2019-feature-update-summary/

  • Email subscriptions can now set parameters
  • For paginated subscriptions, you can now view first page preview in email (optional)
  • For admins: set allowed memory usage for the paginated report workload in premium capacities.
  • Azure SQL DB oAuth support. Allows enforcement of RLS down to the database.
  • Reports now respect the AutoRefresh property

Power BI Report Builder Support for non-Premium Datasets

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-support-for-non-premium-power-bi-datasets-in-power-bi-paginated-report-builder/

You still need to be a Pro user to author, but your datasets can be in Premium or non-Premium workspaces.

Power BI Aggregations are GA!

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/aggregations-for-petabyte-scale-bi-is-generally-available/

Unlock those TBs and PBs. DO IT! RLS is supported as well! Check out the replay of the webcast in the blog post.

On-premises Gateway Support for Different Datasets from Same Data Source

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/multiple-data-source-definitions-on-the-on-premises-data-gateway-for-the-same-data-source/

Allows for varying credentials across these datasets without having to create multiple gateways (which was the previous workaround).

Specify Recipients of Dataset Failure Notifications

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/sending-refresh-notifications-to-others/

On-premises Data Gateway Admin Center

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/gateway-management-on-admin-center/

As could Office 365 Global Admins and Power BI Service Admins before, Gateway Admins can now administer on-premises data gateways in the Power Platform admin center.

Power BI New Filter Experience Available

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-new-filter-experience-for-power-bi-reports/

  • GA has arrived!
  • Pop-up filter list making it easier on your users
  • Much greater control over your look and feel
  • Locking and hiding
  • Sorting
  • Renaming
  • Bookmarks capture filter state

Power BI Service Availability Email Notifications

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-introduces-service-availability-notifications/

You will get notifications when there are service issues and follow up resolutions.

Power BI Desktop July 2019 Update

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-july-2019-feature-summary/

  • MSI installer simplification for languages! Note that the language specific MSIs will be available until September and then we will only ship one MSI! Update your scripts!
  • Icon sets for table and matrix — Excel users rejoice! Create DAX rules for ultimate flexibility and use themes for custom icons.
  • Percent support for conditional formatting
  • Perf improvements for relative date and dropdown slicers
  • Key influencer visual supports counts in preview
  • PowerApps visual is now certified. One implication is that this visual now shows in PowerPoint export and email subscriptions.
  • Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 connector (beta) available!
  • CosmosDB connector is GA
  • Dynamics 365 Customer Insights connector available
  • Data prep now allows to split column by position

New Stuff in Teams in July

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/07/11/microsoft-teams-reaches-13-million-daily-active-users-introduces-4-new-ways-for-teams-to-work-better-together/

  • Lots of users :)
  • Prioritization
  • Announcements
  • X-channel posting
  • Firstline imporvements
  • Role targeting
  • More new stuff via Partner announcements!

Teams Rooms July Update

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Microsoft-Teams-Rooms-July-Update/ba-p/758164

  • Theme/UI/Branding updates
  • MS Whiteboard integration

Intune support for Mac OSX FileVault

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Enterprise-Mobility-Security/Microsoft-Intune-announces-support-for-macOS-FileVault-disk/ba-p/770675

  • Admin support to enable
  • Personal reco key rotation + escrow
  • Status reporting of encryption integrated w/Intune

Intune Windows 10 Admin Template support GA

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Enterprise-Mobility-Security/Microsoft-Intune-announces-general-availability-of/ba-p/737412

  • Feature helps Windows administrators use the settings they are familiar with in group policy editor when they transition to cloud-attached management
  • Adds over 2500 settings to the Intune console, covering Windows, OneDrive and Office, in a user interface that is similar to group policy editor
  • GO USE IT!

Intune Security Baseline GA

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Enterprise-Mobility-Security/Microsoft-Intune-announces-general-availability-of-security/ba-p/737427

  • Microsoft has years of experience publishing security baselines as Group Policy Objects in the Security and Compliance Toolkit (SCT).
  • Now we bring that same approach to Intune

Head towards passwordless workplace w/AAD + FIDO2

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/07/10/new-azure-active-directory-capabilities-eliminate-passwords/

  • A new Authentication methods blade in AAD admin portal that allows you to assign passwordless credentials using FIDO2 security keys and passwordless sign-in with Microsoft Authenticator to users and groups.
  • Updated capabilities in the converged Registration portal for your users to create and manage FIDO2 security keys.
  • Ability to use FIDO2 security keys to auth across AAD-joined Win 10 devices on the latest versions of Edge and Firefox browsers.

Desktop Analytics Pub Preview!!

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/desktop-analytics/overview

Improving Office perf in Virtualized environs

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/07/01/improving-office-app-experience-virtual-environments/

  • New benefits included for M365 customers
  • Server 2019 will get support for OD4B files on-demand
  • More virt-targeted perf improvements

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