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Power BI Blog: Help Improve Power BI Desktop

We love hearing feedback from the Power BI community.​ This helps us to understand what we're doing well, and what we can change to make your experience even better. Once a quarter, we conduct a sur...
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Power BI Blog: Announcing Data Refresh APIs in the Power BI Service

Today, I am excited to announce the general availability of new APIs for managing data refresh in the Power BI service. These new APIs will allow you to programmatically trigger data refreshes and ret...
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Paul Randall: SQLskills SQL101: Practicing disaster recovery

As Kimberly blogged about earlier this year, SQLskills has an ongoing initiative to blog about basic topics, which we’re calling SQL101. We’re all blogging about things that we often see done ...
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Power BI Blog: Webinar Wednesday: Data Visualization Design Discussion Lab

Take your dashboard and reports to the next level with a hands-on look at improving and updating your visual design in Wednesday's webinar! Join Microsoft Design and Data Visualization Lead Miranda Li...
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Power BI Blog: Interactive R custom visuals support is here!

R is a strong and popular language, enabling developers to create great analytics on data, as well as visualization. Developers can already create R custom visuals that plugs into Power BI reports, to...
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Power BI Blog: Community Blog Highlights

Have you visited the Power BI Community blog lately? Along with rapidly growing forums, event listings, and ways to leave feedback, the Community blog is a platform for you to share ideas with your pe...
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Power BI Blog: Microsoft Data Insights Summit 2017 Day 2 Recap

It’s a wrap! The Microsoft Data Insights Summit is officially over but that doesn’t mean that we cannot continue enjoying the amazing content, sessions, and community activities that happened betw...
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Power BI Blog: Microsoft Data Insights Summit 2017 Day 1 Recap

Wow! What a day we had yesterday at the Washington State Convention Center. It was a day full of fun, learning, and networking. Let’s take a quick look at what happened (assuming that is even possib...
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Power BI Blog: ArcGIS Maps for Power BI is now Generally Available on PowerBI.com

In collaboration with Esri, a leader in the geographic information systems (GIS) industry, we're excited to announce that ArcGIS Maps for Power BI has reached general availability (GA)....
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Power BI Blog: Power BI Desktop June Feature Summary

Our June release is full of new reporting features, new data connectors, accessibility features, and more. A few highlights of the June release are the addition of data bars to tables and matrices, ma...
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Power BI Blog: Power BI Premium generally available

Today during the Microsoft Data Insights Summit, James Phillips, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Business Applications, Platform and Intelligence (BAPI) organization, announced the general a...
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Power BI Blog: Announcing our incredible lineup of Customer Stories sessions at Microsoft Data Insights Summit

We are very excited to give you a preview of what each of our 18 amazing customers will show you during the Customer Story sessions at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit on June 12 – 13 in Seattle. ...
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Paul Randall: Increased SOS_SCHEDULER_YIELD waits on virtual machines

A few months ago while I was teaching wait statistics, I was asked whether there’s any expected differences with waits stats when SQL Server is running in a virtual machine. My answer was yes – th...
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Power BI Blog: Live from Seattle! Watch the Microsoft Data Insights Summit keynotes and featured sessions

Can't make it to Microsoft Data Insights Summit? We’ll bring the conference to you! We’re livestreaming our three keynotes and nine of our most popular breakout sessions, June 12–13, 2017 so you...
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Power BI Blog: Don't miss these community events at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit

It's just one week until the Microsoft Data Insights Summit! If you're attending, make sure to check out all the exciting community events we'll be hosting in between panels and networking opportuniti...
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Power BI Blog: Announcing multiple language support for the Twitter solution template

Today we are excited to announce that the Twitter solution template for brand and campaign management now supports 15 languages for sentiment analysis. There are 4 supported languages – English, Fre...
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Power BI Blog: Power BI Service April and May Feature Summary

It’s time again to recap the major features and announcements made by the Power BI service....
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Power BI Blog: Measure and Magnify Your Impact with Usage Metrics for Dashboard and Report Authors

Today, I am excited to announce the availability of usage metrics in the Power BI service for dashboard and report authors. This feature gives you one-click access to key usage metrics for your dashbo...
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Paul Randall: SQLskills SQL101: How can a SELECT cause a database to change?

As Kimberly blogged about recently, SQLskills is embarking on a new initiative to blog about basic topics, which we’re calling SQL101. We’ll all be blogging about things that we often see done ...
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Power BI Blog: Webinar Wednesday: Data Storytelling

Important stories about complex industries such as oil & gas can be difficult to tell. Thankfully, they often are also very rich in data – data which can be used to interactively illustrate the stor...
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Power BI Blog: Power BI Mobile apps feature summary – May 2017

This month's Power BI Mobile release includes new updates to help you find your most interesting assets faster, and creating a more consistent experience when using Power BI between computers and…...
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Power BI Blog: Tech Tip Thursday: Dynamic Power BI reports using Parameters

Did you know that you can dynamically filter data in Power BI using parameters that are stored in an Excel workbook? In this video, Patrick from Guy in a Cube shows us how, using M Functions within Po...
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Power BI Blog: Webinar Wednesday: Dashboard in an Hour

If you're new to Power BI, or want to introduce the rest of your team to ways they can go quickly from data to insight to action, you won't want to miss Wednesday's Dashboard in an Hour webinar! Dashb...
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Power BI Blog: Explore your Office 365 Adoption Data in Power BI

The Public Preview of the Office 365 Adoption Content Pack combines the intelligence of the Office 365 usage reports that are available for you in the admin center with the interactive analysis capabi...
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Power BI Blog: Tech Tip Thursday: Better use of colors in Power BI

Microsoft's Guy in a Cube has been providing tips and tricks for Power BI and Business Intelligence on his YouTube channel since 2014. Occasionally on Thursdays we highlight a different helpful vi...
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Paul Randall: New class: Immersion Event on Clustering and Availability Groups

We have a third exciting new class debuting this October in Chicago: Immersion Event on Clustering and Availability Groups. It’s a 2-day class, taught by Jonathan Kehayias, our resident expert on al...
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SQL Server Blog: Try new SQL Server command line tools to generate T-SQL scripts and monitor Dynamic Management Views

This post was authored by Tara Raj and Vinson Yu, Program Managers – SQL Server Team We are excited to announce the public preview availability of two new command line tools for SQL Server: The mssq...
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Paul Randall: SQLskills SQL101: Why is restore slower than backup

As Kimberly blogged about recently, SQLskills is embarking on a new initiative to blog about basic topics, which we’re calling SQL101. We’ll all be blogging about things that we often see done ...
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SQL Server Blog: SQL Server 2017 CTP 2.1 now available

Microsoft is excited to announce a new preview for the next version of SQL Server (SQL Server 2017). Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.1 is available on both Windows and Linux. In this preview, we ...
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SQL Server Blog: SQL Server 2017 on Linux surpasses 1 million Docker pulls as the next preview version rolls out

This post was authored by Rohan Kumar, General Manager, Database Systems Group SQL Server 2017 makes it easier and simpler to work with data, with more deployment options than before and monthly previ...
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Power BI Blog: Power BI Report Server preview now available

On May 3, Microsoft announced Power BI Premium, a capacity-based licensing model that increases flexibility for how users access, share and distribute content. The new offering also introduces the abi...
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Power BI Blog: Today's Webinar: Seven Tips to Better Visualization Design

Join us this morning at 10 a.m. PT for the webinar, Simply Compelling - Seven Tips to Better Visualization Design, presented by Miranda Li. Today she'll be presenting an introduction to visualization ...
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SQL Server Blog: Keeping freight moving in Denmark with SQL Server 2016

Efficient data management keeps goods flowing smoothly in Denmark. Danske Fragtmaend, the country’s largest national transport and distribution firm, has been moving freight for more than a century....
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SQL Server Blog: SQL Server Command Line Tools for macOS released

This post was authored by Meet Bhagdev, Program Manager, Microsoft We are delighted to share the production-ready release of the SQL Server Command Line Tools (sqlcmd and bcp) on macOS El Capitan and ...
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Power BI Blog: Power BI + ZoomCharts = (Power BI)²: Boost your productivity and add the cool-factor to your reports

As of today, all Microsoft Power BI users can start using dynamic and cool-looking ZoomCharts in reports and dashboards. With ZoomCharts, you can easier than ever before, explore, present and analyze ...
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SQL Server Blog: Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 – No. 5: Consistent data environment across hybrid cloud environments

Have you ever seen a tree that simultaneously bears completely different species of fruit? It’s a real thing: apples, plums, oranges, lemons, and peaches all growing on the same tree. The growers ha...
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SQL Server Blog: ODBC Driver 13.1 for macOS released

This post was authored by Meet Bhagdev, Program Manager, Microsoft Hi, all. We are delighted to share the production-ready release of the Microsoft ODBC Driver 13.1 for macOS El Capitan and Sierra. Th...
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SQL Server Blog: Extend your app to support SQL Server 2017 on Linux

This post was authored by Vin Yu, Program Manager, SQL Engineering Microsoft recently announced Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.0, the first production-quality preview of SQL Server 2017. To help...
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Power BI Blog: May and June Webinars: Better Visualizations, Security Deep Dive, Best Practices, and more!

We've got a great lineup of webinars planned for May and June! Attend these free sessions to gain expertise in Power BI, and learn more about how PowerApps and Microsoft Flow can help improve your org...
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Power BI Blog: Congratulations to the Featured Data Stories Gallery submissions for March and April

We put out the call to you a couple of months ago to create fantastic reports for the Data Stories Gallery, and we were amazed by your submissions! Congratulations to the grand winner and runners-up f...
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SQL Server Blog: Serving AI with Data: A Summary of Build 2017 Data Innovations

This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Data Group This week at the annual Microsoft Build conference, we are discussing how, more than ever, organizations are rel...
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Paul Randall: Waits library now has infographics from SentryOne monitored instances

A few years ago I realized that there was a huge gap in knowledge in the SQL Server community – what do all the various wait types mean? – so I started a labor-of-love project to document ...
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Power BI Blog: Data Connector SDK Developer Preview

As part of the Microsoft Build event, we are announcing a developer preview of the Data Connector SDK. You can begin to create your own custom data connectors. What are data connectors? Simply put, th...
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Power BI Blog: Announcing the Microsoft Data Inisghts Summit Analytics Challenge

The Microsoft Data Insights Summit is coming on June 12 - 13, 2017, and we're celebrating with an Analytics Challenge! Get ready to clean data, create reports, and win prizes....
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Power BI Blog: Power BI April Service Content Packs

Power BI service content packs allow Power BI users to quickly connect to variety of services and get customized reports and dashboards built on top of their data from those services. We are continuou...
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Paul Randall: SQLskills SQL101: Query plans based on what’s in memory

As Kimberly blogged about recently, SQLskills is embarking on a new initiative to blog about basic topics, which we’re calling SQL101. We’ll all be blogging about things that we often see done ...
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SQL Server Blog: Announcing Power BI Report Server

This post was authored by the Power BI Team Today Microsoft announced Power BI Premium — a capacity-based licensing model that increases flexibility for how users access, share and distribute conten...
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Power BI Blog: Distribute to large audiences with Power BI apps

With Power BI apps, now in preview, you can easily deploy and manage a collection of purpose-built dashboards and reports to a large number of business users and empower them to make data-driven decis...
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Power BI Blog: Microsoft accelerates modern BI adoption with Power BI Premium

New capacity-based Power BI offering helps organizations expand access to insights. Power BI Premium builds on the existing Power BI portfolio with a capacity-based licensing model that increases flex...
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Power BI Blog: Today's community webinar: How to Design Visually Stunning Power BI Reports

In April we debuted the new Video Gallery, your central hub for video tips and tricks from the Power BI team, Partners, and users like you. This month we've expanded the Gallery to include webinars, a...
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