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  1. Built in Git support in PowerBI Desktop

    When you create a PowerBI report in Power BI Desktop it transparently create \ use a git repository. So you just worked normally, then when you hit publish, it actually push to remote.

    Gitignore could be used to exclude data from being published to the repository. PowerBI would have version control which is desperately needed.

    This would work well with the whole Microsoft buying Github \ Azure DevOps, both from the perspective of promoting good practices such as code version control and CI\CD - process of developing in development and promoting to UAT\production

    It would also allow IT to get…

    729 votes
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  2. Column Level Security for reports

    Ability to define rules at column level, to control the data fields available to different roles (e.g. employee salary visible to the users in finance roles only, while other employee details visible to other department roles).

    718 votes
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  3. Export to PowerPoint with individual image elements

    Currently, the Export to PowerPoint feature exports one image file per report. Update the Export to PowerPoint feature to support exporting an image per report visual instead.

    717 votes
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  4. Measure Dependency View (similar to the Query Dependency View)

    The newly introduced Query Dependency view is phenomenal but what we really need is a Measure Dependency view. Here is what it might look like: http://ppvt.pro/2eXKndh
    And a video detailing this idea: https://youtu.be/sYjBB_Ef66M

    In one of my production models I have 60 Queries, but I have 200+ measures! I believe that is typical; usually I build Queries and Measures as lego blocks, combining simpler ones into more complex ones needed in the end. In fact I needed it so badle that I attempted to build a Measure Dependency view using NodeXL. While that works, it's a lot of heavy lifting.…

    710 votes
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  5. Power BI collaborative development

    allows multiple developers to work collaboratively on the same PBIX.

    Idea could be separate back-end (advanced editor) and fron-end (modelling and report design) or allows the possibility to merge more than one pbix.

    704 votes
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  6. source control

    PowerBI.com should have some type of Source Code control integration for change control

    702 votes
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  7. Relative Date filter week Mon-Sun

    the Relative Date filter options for the calendar week goes from sunday through saterday.

    Most companies I know, go from Monday through Sunday. Please give us the option to choose in the filter, or set it though the localization.

    701 votes
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  8. Power BI Online Query Parameters

    This is a continuation of "Allow runtime parameters in Power View and/or Power Query". Request this capability in Power BI Online so users can go to a dashboard and easily be able to search for a list of values. Currently the user would need to use a slicer and individual select each value. An example would be if I had list of part numbers to search in the dashboard. Currently I would need to scroll up and down in a slicer and individually select each one. In SSRS I can create a parameter dropdown and easily type in and even…

    698 votes
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  9. VBA for Power BI Desktop

    Ability to provide a custom UI for a user to enter some parameters / inputs prior to refreshing the data model and publishing to Power BI

    674 votes
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  10. 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/

    668 votes
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  11. See Records feature improvements

    The 'See Records' feature is a great feature but is not complete. It needs to be able to

    1. Be used with all types of visuals (charts, tables, matrix, custom visuals)
    2. Compatible with Calculated measures
    3. Allow for feature to be turned on or off for each individual visual

    667 votes
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  12. Allow Power Query to Export Data

    Allow Power Query results to be written back to a flat file or SQL table.

    Relivant forum thread:
    http://community.powerbi.com/t5/Integrations-with-Files-and/Can-PowerQuery-write-data-back-out/m-p/1747

    643 votes
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  13. 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!

    640 votes
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  14. Ability to move/copy report/dashboards between Group Workspaces

    Be able to copy or move reports and dashboards between Group Workspaces, removing the need to re-publish a report and/or rebuild a dashboard.

    636 votes
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  15. Conditional Formatting throughout

    It would be great if you could do conditional formatting throughout all of Power BI Desktop. e.g. text boxes have conditional formatting based on your data. It would be great if conditional formatting also worked with the different bars in bar charts etc.

    629 votes
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  16. 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…

    624 votes
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  17. Add "monthly" as a scheduled refresh option

    Pro users have the ability to schedule refresh for daily (intra day) and weekly. For some datasets, monthly is the right cadence. Can we have a scheduled refresh option that is Monthly (and lets us choose which day of the month the refresh is to occur)?

    616 votes
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  18. Ability to add Feedback or Questions on Dashboard

    Would be great if we had a notes area of the Dashboard for people to leave comments or questions about the content on the Dashboard. Same would be true for the PowerView Reports, except have them rollup in the Dashboard area.

    616 votes
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  19. SSAS Get Data multiple data sources

    When connecting to a live SSAS in Desktop, once you've connected "Get Data" and "Recent Sources" goes gray. Please allow for additional data sources to be added in after making a live connection to SSAS.

    595 votes
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  20. KPI Customization (Font Size)

    Need to be able to change the font size on the KPI tool. A stoplight visualization is needed most, but a set font size on the KPI tool makes it very limited regarding usability and alternate solutions.

    585 votes
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