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  1. Power BI Lite License

    Power BI should have a Lite License for people that only consume dashboards or reports every now and then. This is for people that don't create reports but need to see the dashboards and may need to use the "report level" to be able to export output to PowerPoint (since you can't export the dashboard to PowerPoint but can only do it at Report level).

    755 votes
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      30 comments  ·  Licensing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Calculated measures when live connected to MDX cubes

      In May 2017 Power BI Desktop started supporting creation of DAX measures when working in live connect mode to an external SSAS model: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-may-feature-summary/

      Vote on this idea if you want support for calculated measures against multidimensional models too.

      276 votes
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        30 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Create calculated columns when using SSAS live connect

        In May 2017 Power BI Desktop started supporting creation of DAX measures when working in live connect mode to an external SSAS model: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-may-feature-summary/

        Vote on this idea if you want support for calculated columns in this mode as well!

        199 votes
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          10 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Change column labels/names in the visual

          It would be great if we could change columns labels/names in the standard visuals (Table & Matrixes mainly). In our company we have a data warehouse build to support the PowerBI tabular model with the data. The field names in the data model are not the most intuitive to our PowerBI End User. It could be great if we could change the way the field labels are shown in our tables to be more intuitive and meaningful without needing to change the field names in the data model.

          383 votes
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            18 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Custom Viz access to the previous levels in a drill-down

            The current version of Power BI visualsation framework does not support access to the previous levels in a drill-down. I.e. you only get access to the current level when rendering. That makes it very hard to develop visualizations such as pivot tables or breakdown trees.

            This would let custom viz developers add thing like pivot tables and Breakdown Trees :)

            [This idea was created as an offshoot of https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/15844186-pivot-tables-and-breakdown-trees. Fredrik had initially asked for updates to the Custom Viz API, but many votes and comments were cast assuming the idea was just asking for the Power BI team to…

            3,070 votes
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              105 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              We are working to enable drill down capability for custom visuals as part of the framework.
              This will enable custom visuals developers to declare which of the data roles can be drilled down. the user experience will be the same as it is for core visuals in Power BI.

            • Subscribe *others* to emails of reports

              Extend the email subscription feature, currently in public preview, to enable subscribing *others* to email snapshots of reports.

              More information about the existing email subscriptions feature can be found here: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-email-subscriptions-in-power-bi-stay-informed-when-it-matters/preview/

              433 votes
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                17 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • identify power bi pro content

                Whenever Power BI warns that "this dashboard has Power BI Pro content", provide a link to describe specifically what Pro content is included in the dashboard. For example, is it pro content because it's in a group workspace, or is it pro content because it's a direct query connection to an on-premise data source, etc.

                107 votes
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                  11 comments  ·  Licensing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Conditional formatting (cell highligh, font, etc) when comparing multiple fields

                  PowerBI needs to have the ability to offer conditional formatting of based on the comparison of 2 or more metrics. For example if metric A = metric B then change the font and highlight color of the cell to red.
                  If metric A > metric B and metric A < metric C then change the font and highlight color of the cell to green.
                  This should be unlimited for how many colors can be used. Other BI tools offer this feature.
                  Note that this is different than what PowerBI currently calls ‘conditional formatting’

                  31 votes
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                    10 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • let maps recognize data category hierarchy automatically

                    Currently maps don't seem to recognize the relationship between a country and a city, even if both columns have been set up with the corresponding data category in the model.

                    In a table with cities as "cities" and country as "country" in the data model, the cities are plotted in arbitrary countries instead of the country specified in the column for country.

                    Please let Power BI maps acknowledge the hierarchy of existing typed data categories and plot depending data points only in relation to their parent category context.

                    You may not feel the pain if you're in the US. I…

                    86 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Dynamic Parameters for What if analysis

                      [Will Thompson] I've just merged a couple of very close scenarios, which all have similar great ideas! Something we're considering for the future, so I'm keen to hear your feedback on this. I like this core scenario of a numeric value that is bound to a slider control, and can then be used as part of some expression.

                      - In a sales report, I can adjust a '% increase' slider to see what impact a small change in revenue might have had on my sales.
                      - In a mortgage calculator, I can change the % rate, borrowed amount and term to see projected…

                      924 votes
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                        61 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Printing custom visualizations

                        It would be helpful to be able to print custom visualizations to PowerPoint. Currently there is just a message saying that the visualizations are not currently supported. Even allowing the visuals to be frozen in a picture format would be acceptable. Thanks.

                        340 votes
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                          6 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow customization of email subscription schedule

                          Extend the existing email subscription feature to allow me to specify exactly *when* the email is sent out - e.g. send me the email at 2pm every Monday.

                          More information about the existing feature can be found here: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-email-subscriptions-in-power-bi-stay-informed-when-it-matters/

                          275 votes
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                            12 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Increase Export Data Limits

                            In late 2016, Power BI improved our export data options to allow exporting up to 150,000 rows to Excel from a visual on a Power BI dashboard for Pro users. If you require higher limits, please vote on this idea. If you have more specific requirements, please leave them in the comments.

                            126 votes
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                              6 comments  ·  Dashboard  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Pivot tables and breakdown trees

                              The current version of Power BI visualsation framework does not support access to the previous levels in a drill-down. I.e. you only get access to the current level when rendering. That makes it very hard to develop visualizations such as pivot tables or breakdown trees. Make this possible and I would gladly submit a stable version of my Breakdown Trees :).

                              2,867 votes
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                                111 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                We released a preview of a new matrix visual with today Power BI Desktop release. This new matrix can be used as a source of cross-highlighting, has a stepped layout, can be drilled in to /out of hierarchies, and has performance updates.

                                You can read all about it in our blog post: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-march-feature-summary/#matrix

                                During the preview we will be adding even more new features, so keep watch each month for more improvements and let us know in comments what else you’d like to see.

                              • Export to PowerPoint with filters applied

                                PowerPoint Export to take into account filters that have been applied to the report prior to export. This is essential for users which need to filter on historic dates and then wish to export the report with those details.

                                242 votes
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                                  10 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hey all – we’re looking into how best to tackle this and other filter/slicer-related functionality. We’ve put together a short survey to better understand different use cases and what improvements would make the experience better.  If you have a few moments, the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.  We appreciate your feedback!
                                  https://aka.ms/x998cx

                                • Enable specific security groups setting for 'Publish to web'

                                  The "Publish to web" setting for portal administrators currently has the options of 'Enabled' or 'Disabled'. It would be beneficial to have this manageable in the same way as content packs so certain security (AAD) groups could be set as publishers.

                                  40 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Disable/hide visual border on hover

                                    Disable/hide visual borders when hovered over, atleast in full screen mode. It makes the UI look pretty untidy.

                                    128 votes
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                                      12 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Ability to mark some pages as "Do not publish" in Power BI Desktop

                                      In Power BI Desktop it should be posible, before publishing the file to the service, to mark some pages as "do not publish" or hide them for publishing. This way we can have some safe hidden place to draft new ideas or a repository of charts to copy to the pages that will actually be published.
                                      The place to put this functionality could be the contextual menu that appears when right clicking the page name (now it shows "Duplicate Page" and "Rename Page". New option could be "Do not Publish")

                                      62 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Subscribe to email snapshots of reports in *specific filter/slicer states*

                                        Extend the email subscriptions feature, currently in public preview, to include support for email snapshots of reports in specific filter/slicer states.

                                        More information about the feature can be found here: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-email-subscriptions-in-power-bi-stay-informed-when-it-matters/

                                        183 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Hey all – we’re looking into how best to tackle this and other filter/slicer-related functionality.

                                          We’ve put together a short survey to better understand different use cases and what improvements would make the experience better.  If you have a few moments, the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.  We appreciate your feedback!

                                          https://aka.ms/x998cx

                                        • Please FIX/REVIEW your recent changes to the PRO licensing pricing structure

                                          Power BI Team,

                                          Your recent changes/fixes to PRO licensing pricing has caused widespread concern and discussion amongst the community. This is due to Microsoft no longer allowing end users/consumers to access Power BI workgroup reports & dashboards. Reports were suddenly inaccessible in organisations that had built Power BI frameworks over the past 2 years. Your new structure now forces these companies to purchase PRO licenses for ALL users regardless of whether they use it or not.

                                          Unfortunately, Power BI is now the most expensive BI product for large organisations, whom I believe are your primary customers.

                                          The community has not…

                                          54 votes
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                                            6 comments  ·  Licensing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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