Updates to Report Server should be available more frequently
It seems unfair that Power BI desktop is updated each month with new and improved visuals but we will have to wait several months longer to have these improvements in Power BI Report Server. For example the new matrix visual is big improvement but those with Report Server will have to wait about 6 months before it is available to them. I'd like Report Server updates in parallel to Desktop updates.
Just sharing an updated status on this topic:
- We plan to release Power BI Report Server roughly every 4 months.
- We’ve just released the March 2018 update: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-report-server-update-march-2018/.
- We support each release for 12 months, which gives customers up to a year to upgrade to a newer version while receiving any necessary security patches for the version they’re using. We performed extensive customer research and explored other options, including an 8-month support period, and customer feedback indicated that many enterprises needed 12 months of support to deploy Power BI Report Server.
- (See here: powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/r..)
Some important context from our previous update:
Your feedback is completely valid. I appreciate why you’d expect and want monthly releases of Power BI Report Server, and I’d love the same! At the same time, I can shed light on the problem that’d create. One benefit of the cloud is that there’s one version of the product (the current/latest one) to patch. With an on-premises server, however, we need to develop and release patches for whatever versions of the product are within their support periods. If we had a 12-month support period and released monthly, we’d need to develop and release patches for up to 12 versions at any given time. We’d need either to shorten the support period (which many customers indicated would be an issue for them), or to spend more time developing and releasing patches as opposed to developing new features, and we don’t want to slow down development of new features. So, in short, we’re striving to strike the best possible balance between release frequency and support period.
Currently, we plan to continue the 4-month release cycle and 12-month support period, but we’ll continue to monitor your feedback on this important topic.
Mark Eng commented
Our business users loved power bi service (web) functionality but realistically we need to be on-prem due to restrictions with data and our IT governance. If Power BI report server functionality continues to be limited and releases are not predictable, then our users will investigate using other tools like Tableau or Esri Insights.
Can you provide some updates about what is on the road map for report server?
Matthew Floyd commented
So far you have released
October 2017 (4 months later)
March 2018 (6 months later)
It is now July. Are you planning to keep to your plan for roughly every 4 months and release and update this month? If not, then you should put the date that you will release.
We your community are big fans of Power BI but when you don't deliver on time, you make it harder to defend against people who propose we use Tableau.
There are laws that prevent us from putting personal information in the cloud. Your monthly release for desktop is useless to so many companies. You're cheap for exactly this reason and because you're cheap I have to use you.
Dan Day commented
Would it be possible to release new monthly features as 'add-ons' or 'plug-ins' for Report Server? Rather than wait for a full fledged release to include them all?
DMNC from what I have seen they do not include all the features up to the release of the report server. It would be great if they did seeing how there are some useful additions on the non RS option. Unfortunately I have not had success with reports uploaded to report server with power Bi desktop versions outside the RS version.
Also, when the Power BI RS releases do occur, be it every 4 months or whatever, will they always include All the updates up until that point in time that the cloud version has? Thanks
Can we use custom visuals form the "import from marketplace" option with Power BI RS? People mention wanting to get the "latest" ones below, which seems to imply they can get some but not all. If that's the case how does one know which marketplace visuals you can import and which ones you cannot for a given version of power BI RS? Also do the visuals need to be installed server side as well? thanks
At the very least, get an update out that lets us use the latest custom visuals!
Letting the API version out of sync is ridiculous.
Jorge Diaz commented
4 months since the last update...when will be the next one?
Is there an ETA for the next release? Or a preview of what might be in it? Just to set the expectations of my organisation :)
When is the release coming?
samer b commented
So when is the next release scheduled for?
The unfairness of all of this is exarcebated when we don't even get it every 4 months as promised!
Christian Villegas commented
I echo all of these comments. The management at my organziation (legal) was esctatic when they heard about the on-premise version at one of the CXO conferences they attended. It was the only way for me to get the buy in to upgrade from SSRS; however, it was so limited compared to the marketed release information for Power BI. Subscriptions don't even work still... every feature update that's listed on the site sounds great, but no mention of the Report server. For many of the REST and other services items why is the Azure Stack platform not a viable option since it's an on-prem cloud using Azure services. We legitimately cannot put our client data in the cloud, but also need the product to be mature enough to invest in it over Tableau and other platforms.
I would like one update every 2 month and see what it will be. By example i whould like visio visual integrated in the future update of Power bi report server but i don't know if it will be.
Ariel Levy commented
I suggest to short the support time to 6 month and release a new PowerBI report server bimonthly
Robert Blatchford commented
Does anybody know when we will get the next release of the Report Server and Desktop for On-Prem use?
Based upon details release by Microsoft I'm expecting regular updates of Report Server and the matching PBI Desktop on a 3 or 4 month cycle. The last release was Oct 2017, so that means that the next expected release is soon, maybe Feb 2018?
However in reply to a question I raised elsewhere a guy called Amir ( I think a Microsoft Employee ) has said "We intend to release an update to the report server towards the summer time.......". That's not a 3 or 4 month schedule, its a bi annual schedule, and if true is a big disappointment.
I cannot emphasize the importance to us of an On-Prem solution. We cannot use the cloud service, we are an enterprise that has sensitive data, and governance rules that prohibit its use.
Please clarify the situation, and if possible start publishing the road map for Report Server with some detail of when and what we can expect. I understand Riccardo’s points about the balance between frequency and productivity, I would be happy with a 4 month release cycle, but the current situation is vague and frustrating. We need confidence to plan ahead, telling our user base “it maybe some time before the summer” is not going to win us any friends.
Frank van Zuilen commented
Is there already an actual target date known for the next production release; Q4 2017 could be early October but also could be a "Christmas present". The functionality introduced after June, like the new Table and Matrix visuals, bookmarking (story telling) and data sources other than TM, is really important for a major roll-out; budgets will be determined before year's end...
My suggestion would be to release all new visuals released for the service as custom visuals as well - this would enable us to import the custom visuals to get the usability NOW and not wait if it was important to us
Mike Foss commented
Recently Report Server was updated in July of 2017. With this release came a RS version of Power BI Desktop. The problem with this is the newer version of Power BI Desktop, lets use July release as example that includes the above mentioned features of the Matrix and other visuals does not work with the report server update forcing Either to use the RS version of power BI desktop which is limited and has many features turned off or use an older version such as the June release.
Why are these not developed in parallel to ensure changes in Power BI Desktop work with Report server and then releases made available as a monthly update like windows is.