Power BI Version (PBI) Version History


The latest Power BI version (PBI) Desktop was released in October 2019 Update and is version (2.74.5619.621).

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The latest version of Power BI contains the following new features and enhacements

Power BI Version Reporting

Automatic page refresh for DirectQuery

Power BI Analytics

The new Q&A visual
Improved user experience for Q&A
Improved drop-down control
Red and blue underlines
Improved visual results
Natural language improvements for Q&A
Integration with Office / Bing thesaurus
Support for measure tables, and better handling of table names and ambiguity
Q&A tooling (preview)
Review questions
Teach Q&A
Review all changes made
Support for SSAS and Azure AS, including RLS


PowerApps visual now included by default
New xViz visuals

PBI Data connectivity

Sagra Emigo connector generally available
Azure cost Management connector updated
New Workplace Analytics connector

Data preparation

Query diagnostics
Data profiling enhancements

Template apps

Project Web App


New file format: .PBIDS
Performance improvements for modeling operations


Power BI Desktop is a free application you can install on your local computer that lets you connect to, transform, and visualize your data. With Power BI Desktop, you can connect to multiple different sources of data, and combine them (often called modeling) into a data model that lets you build visuals, and collections of visuals you can share as reports, with other people inside your organization. Most users who work on Business Intelligence projects use Power BI Desktop to create reports, and then use the Power BI service to share their reports with others.

The most common uses for Power BI Desktop are the following:

  • Connect to data
  • Transform and clean that data, to create a data model
  • Create visuals, such as charts or graphs, that provide visual representations of the data
  • Create reports that are collections of visuals, on one or more report pages
  • Share reports with others using the Power BI service

People most often responsible for such tasks are often considered data analysts (sometimes just referred to as analysts) or Business Intelligence professionals (often referred to as report creators). However, many people who don’t consider themselves an analyst or a report creator use Power BI Desktop to create compelling reports, or to pull data from various sources and build data models, which they can share with their coworkers and organizations.

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