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  1. Enable Power Query Excel add-in for Mac/Apple/iOS

    Even though worldwide mac user adoption is 8% (close to 94 million users) - there are a lot of data scientist and data analyst who use excel on mac and hardly anyone knows about Power BI! I think the best way to introduce them to this amazing world is via enabling Power Query in excel for them and most of influence million dollar analytics tools budget on a regular basis which would help accelerate the Power BI growth!

    638 votes
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  2. Create an read-only and external license tier

    Power BI is a great tool for those that need to analyze data, but not all users are equal in their knowledge of PowerPivot, Excel or the underlying data sources. Some users just want to see and act on data. In the current model, users have to have a PowerBI license to even see a report.

    So, instead of building or buying a separate visualization layer to go over SSAS or SSRS, why not make PowerView extensible? Give me a very economical or even free limited user tier that can only consume web reports, but no Excel access. You can…

    620 votes
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  3. Power BI Global Admin

    As an IT administrator I need a way to see all content (datasets, reports, dashboards) that has been created and shared across the entire online tenant. This is needed to be able to support content after employees leave the organization as well as to support our SOX auditing practices.

    576 votes
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  4. Subscribe others to emails for reports or dashboards that have RLS

    Power BI now allows users to subscribe others to emails for reports and dashboards. However, if RLS is applied to the dataset this is not possible. This idea will remove this restriction.

    468 votes
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  5. Published date

    Every report and dashboard pages should have a column for Date Published, modified and by who just like in Windows

    391 votes
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  6. Scheduled Refresh failure notification should go to service/admin account

    When scheduling a dataset refresh there should be an option to send the failure to someone other than the person that created the scheduled refresh, eg the support email box.

    345 votes
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  7. Include Reports/Dashboards from Multiple Workspaces in One App

    Similar to ideas around creating multiple apps from one workspace, it would be very beneficial to have the ability to create a high-level app that includes reports from multiple workspaces. For example, our executive team would like to see specific reports from sales, accounting, and fields ops in one app instead of navigating to three different apps/workspaces to view the appropriate reports.

    273 votes
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  8. Page level audit log

    Anyone who uses Power BI and audits its logs will only be able to audit until dashboard level. The idea is to increase the level of detail to page level so that you can know which pages are beeing visited the most/least and by which users. This new information will enable you to modify your dashborads accordingly, enhance them and much more.

    247 votes
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  9. 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.

    225 votes
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  10. Enterprise-level licensing

    If you won't allow non-pro users to view pro content, there should be an enterprise-level option that allows our company to pay more up front so that all users can view pro content. We have too many users to buy pro licenses for everyone. We are trying to become data-driven but will not be able to do so without a better pricing option.

    183 votes
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    Thanks for the suggestion!
    There is volume discounting available but we’re also considering other approaches.

  11. Disable or prevent Teams from autocreating App Workspace

    Please introduce a global setting to Prevent Teams from creating PowerBi App Workspace automatically when creating a new Team. As the new Workspaces are detached from Teams/Groups this should be a setting to prevent the App Workspaces beeing clotted with empty Workspaces from all our Teams.

    130 votes
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  12. Power Platform Admin Portal

    Allow the Power BI admin role to access the Power Platform admin portal. This will allow the Power BI admin to see all data gateways used in an organization.

    128 votes
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  13. Ability to view shared reports/dashboards with free license

    We currently have products that basically integrate the reports and the app users just view the reports. It wont make much sense for all the app users to purchase pro license as all they do is view the reports when in the app.

    123 votes
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  14. Share a Pro dashboard with a standard user - Need for different license point (IE Pro Viewer?)

    Right now, If I use PowerBI desktop to create a dataset, report and dashboard. I am not able to share it with a standard user. This effectively means that we have to either licence everyone as a pro (very expensive for 4k people), or not use the pro features at all (which isn't what we want).
    Pro users should be able to build and schedule the PowerBI, and then be able to share with any company user using AD security groups. 
    Without these options the tool may not be a viable option...

    related to:
    https://support.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi/suggestions/9072742-share-a-pro-dashboard-with-a-standard-user?tracking_code=e704472108697b7b8e11e54687a10e32

    112 votes
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  15. 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…

    107 votes
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  16. Provide an official Short Name for Power Query Formula Language (Informally known as "M")

    I have posted this question to StackOverflow and appears that a short name for Power Query Formula Language that is not 'M' does not exist.

    Power Query Formula Language is too long

    M is too short

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/35076031/is-there-a-short-name-for-power-query-formula-language-informally-known-as-m

    We have discussed this on Twitter and there are good ideas. Thought I would post it here to make it official :)

    105 votes
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  17. Paid Power BI Desktop pro

    We want a paid non throttled Power BI Desktop Pro edition
    With the following features
    1- Printing.
    2- Official support for analyse in Excel: only in a local Computer.
    3-Capability to generate a password protected pbix file, any PowerBI desktop user can open the file, but they can see only the reports not the data model, only a pro user with the correct password can unlock the file, so at least we can use pbix as a way to securely share reports.

    That’s all, Microsoft can make it as a subscription product, I think there is a market for that,…

    93 votes
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  18. password

    Creating an encrypted authentication key that allows users to open a PBIX file or tabs inside it.
    PBIX files hold intellectual properties of organizations and should be protected from unauthorized disclosure or distribution

    64 votes
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  19. how many scheduled refresh

    To have a report showing how many scheduled refresh by capacities.
    In that report, we shall have different granularity from 30 mins, 1 hour, 4 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours in time. In terms of the capcity level, we wish that we can see, dataset, workspace, capacity, 3 levels. Also the owner of the refresh is important.

    The whole idea is because if we have too many schedules happening at the same time. The capacity may not be able to handle it. But we don't have such report, so we don't know how many is happening at a particular time.…

    63 votes
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  20. Free Power BI users should be given view rights to reports shared by Pro/Premium users

    When a Pro/Premium user shares either an App or just the Dashboard, a Free Power BI user must be able to at least view it

    58 votes
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