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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.

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    Stephen shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Riccardo Muti responded  · 

    Hi everyone!

    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:
    - 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:

    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.


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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be exciting (or at least bearable) news if the 4 month time frame were being followed. From my recollection, the original time frame laid out of three months wasn't followed either. I feel like this is a ploy to annoy users so much that they just sign up their entire staff with Power Bi Pro licenses.

      • anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Any plans for an August update? It would be great if you can share the feature list and maybe a date of future releases. This will help us get better adoption for PBIRS as we can showcase upcoming features.

      • Mark Eng commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So far you have released
        June 2017
        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.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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?

      • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • dmnc commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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

      • dmnc commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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

      • Mark Stacey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • [Deleted User] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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 :)


      • Mark Stacey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The unfairness of all of this is exarcebated when we don't even get it every 4 months as promised!

      • Christian Villegas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • ryo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I suggest to short the support time to 6 month and release a new PowerBI report server bimonthly


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