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Microsoft's Power BI data visualization tool will be generally available on July 24

Microsoft has announced that its new Power BI tool will be generally available to businesses on July 24. New updates will be added to the current Power BI preview over the course of the month, ending with the general rollout of the software.

New features are coming to several different areas of the Power BI preview. Power BI Desktop, known as Designer in the preview, can expect new visualizations and formatting, new data source support, and a direct SQL Server Analysis Services connection. There are also enhancements to web authoring, data exploration, and team collaboration.

Microsoft will also be making its visualization framework, built on D3.js, as an open source project, letting customers bring custom visuals to Power BI. Customers will also be able to connect some supported services to Power BI, like Office 365 and comScore.

For more on what's coming to the Power BI preview and release, check out the link below.

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)

12 Comments
  • Awesome for a data analyst
  • The tool is brilliant.
  • My org will be happy to use this.
  • It never worked "precisely" as advertised in app form anyhow. Although the concept was interesting, it just wasn't up to snuff. :P
  • Why not shut down wp itself !!!
  • Superb!!
  • Cool. I have downloaded the preview earlier today... :)
  • Compare the number of comments for BI Tools vs discontinued MSN apps.  Come on, we need to start hearing about consumer stuff coming to Windows Store with Windows 10.  News Apps, Health Apps, Sport Apps, Home Automation Apps, Auto/EBike Apps, etc.
  • I rather use this than Tableau
  • Tableau is also a good option
  • Awsome news! I will start to explore it right now
  • How does this compare to Tableau?