Power BI: 2021 Release Wave 2 - Key Dates

Microsoft business intelligence helps drive a data culture where everyone at every level of an organisation can make confident data-driven decisions.

The author of this page: Brianna Bracken
Brianna Bracken, Marketing Executive Oct 19, 2021

To enable organisations to drive a data culture, Microsoft is investing in three key areas:

  • Empower every individual with instantly familiar experiences and AI-infused insights.

  • Empower every team with BI woven into the fabric of where teams work, making data a standard part of every decision and turning insights into actions.

  • Empower every organisation to meet the most demanding enterprise needs for scalability and governance.

Empower Every Individual

Power BI continues to innovate and make it easier than ever for everyone to work with data. To build a data culture, every single individual needs to have instantly familiar experiences combined with easy-to-discover insights. Whether that involves authors creating reports by using the free Power BI Desktop tool, or consumers exploring data in the Power BI service and mobile applications, or individuals in Microsoft 365 using data to make better decisions. Power BI has taken advantage of a lot of the AI advancements in Microsoft Research to help users find patterns in the vast amounts of data and insights that are readily available to use. Power BI will continue to empower every business user and business analyst to get deeper insights with AI-infused experiences. To ensure that those insights are available to everyone in the organisation, wherever they are and in context, Microsoft developed the world-leading mobile BI app and provided embedded capabilities for applications, websites and portals. This empowers individuals across an organisation to drive and grow the data culture.

Empower Every Team

Power BI makes data a standard part of every team's decision-making by deeply integrating BI into the places where teams work and infusing it into the most common collaboration experiences. Power BI integration in Microsoft Teams will continue to mature, deepening the integration in channels, chats, and notifications within Microsoft Teams. In addition, customers have indicated that they value the ability to quickly move from insight to action to automation. Microsoft Power Platform makes this uniquely possible with Power BI, Power Apps, and Power Automate. These products are natively designed to work together to make it easy for customers to adapt quickly to changing business requirements. Insights become more valuable as they're shared and integrating Power BI deeply with Microsoft 365 brings insights into where everyone works and collaborates.

Empower Every Organisation

Power BI can scale to meet the most demanding needs of large enterprise customers. With the centralised administration, governance and industry-leading security capabilities in Power BI, IT always has full visibility and control. Power BI Premium provides unmatched capabilities in a single integrated BI platform without requiring customers to string together and integrate multiple products with high costs and disjointed experiences. With Power BI Premium, Microsoft brings capabilities that were previously only available to professional data engineers in IT organisations to analysts, accelerating time to value and helping put more power in the hands of business. This balance between business and IT is one of the reasons why the world's largest organisations are increasingly standardising on Power BI and moving away from expensive, legacy BI products. With each release, Power BI Premium adds features that help organisations accelerate the delivery of insights at scale. These investments span many areas, such as Microsoft-owned resource management, auto-scale and pay-as-you-go pricing, advanced self-service data prep, interactive experiences over big data, and meeting advanced security and governance requirements.

Power BI Premium

Helping organisations unify self-service and enterprise BI at scale.

FeatureEnabled ForPublic PreviewGeneral Availability
Multiple Contributors to Power BI DataflowsUsers, automaticallyNov 2021
Chargeback reporting for Power BI Premium AdminsAdmins, makers, marketers, analysts, automaticallyMarch 2022
Improved refresh oversight for administratorsAdmins, makers, marketers, analysts, automaticallyMarch 2022
Long term historical and near real time performance and usage analyticsUsers by admins, markers, analystJune 2021Oct 2021
Automatic aggregationsAdmins, makers, marketers, analysts, automatically-Nov 2021
Power BI dataflows in deployment pipelinesUsers, automaticallyJune 2021Dec 2021
Power BI Pro

Encouraging a data culture by helping everyone discover and collaborate on insights.

FeatureEnabled ForPublic PreviewGeneral Availability
Export to Excel improvements for table and matrix visualsUsers, automaticallyOct 2021
Power BI datasets hub enhancementsAdmins, makers, marketers or analysts, automaticallyOct 2021
Quick create on Microsoft DataverseUsers by admins, makers or analystsOct 2021
Sparklines for tables and matrix visualsAdmins, makers, marketers or analysts, automaticallyDec 2021
Power BI integration with PowerPointUsers by admins, makers or analystsJan 2022
Natural language to DAX generationAdmins, makers, marketers or analysts, automaticallyFeb 2022
Artifact-level access for Power BI appsUsers by admins, makers or analystsMarch 2022
Improved Power BI administration and operationsAdmins, makers, marketers or analysts, automaticallyMarch 2022
Release notifications in Power BI for administratorsAdmins, makers, marketers or analysts, automaticallyMarch 2022
Enhanced insights on report usage and performanceAdmins, makers, marketers or analysts, automatically-Oct 2021
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