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Following six months of public preview and a continuous flow of user-driven enhancements from their rapidly growing community, Friday 24 July 2015 marked an exciting milestone for Microsoft as they officially released the new Power BI service and Power BI Desktop.
Over 500,000 unique users from 45,000 companies across 185 countries helped shape the new Power BI. Add to the already impressive list of features and capabilities the advances in their Power BI service and the new Power BI Desktop, there really is plenty to talk about!
But the news doesn’t stop there.
They’re rolling out new content packs weekly, ensuring that business users can connect to and experience data without technical setup. This means you can connect to your data in popular services like Quickbooks and Salesforce, and view a curated collection of dashboards and reports that continuously update with the latest data from these services.
They’ve also contributed their Power BI visualization framework and its complete library of visuals to the open source community to enable everyone to easily extend and build custom visuals. The project is available on GitHub, and in the future, anyone will be able to extend and bring custom visuals into Power BI for use in their dashboards, reports and content packs.
Power BI sets the standard for modern business intelligence and Microsoft wants us to change the way we do business and experience the cloud-hosted, business intelligence and analytics service for ourselves.
At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth in Texas they are using Power BI to understand how their various programs are performing and their impact on the kids they serve. With a mission to change each kid’s life for the better, the leaders at the Boys and Girls Club use Power BI to see their data update in real time and discover new insights visually to take action.
At Metro Bank in London, the team is using Power BI to quickly and accurately provide information to guide analysis and decision-making as they set out to create fans, not customers.
With all the new features and capabilities they’re delivering today, plus their commitment to a weekly release cadence, it’s time to join the 500,000+ people who have tried Power BI to start discovering the stories your data will tell.
Find out more, watch our Power BI Intro now.
Ian Littlejohn worked as a Management Consultant for 15 years and is passionate about teaching business people to analyze data and understand business data.