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Improvements to the connected Power BI experience

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Hi, Office Insiders! My name is Ndeyanta Jallow, and I’m a Product Manager on the Excel Business Intelligence team. I’m excited to share with you two new features that are enhancing the connected Power BI experience in Excel for Windows and Excel for the web.

Improved Power BI experience

In both Excel for Windows and Excel for the web, you are able to create a PivotTable that connects directly to a Power BI dataset. This allows you to analyze data between platforms seamlessly. With the updates we are releasing, we are improving the experience of analyzing data in PivotTables.

One upgrade we’ve made is to enable proper date support for Power BI-connected PivotTables. Previously, dates were recognized as strings. Now they are date-and-time objects which allows for accurate time-based filtering and sorting of data within the PivotTable. This improvement does not yet allow for proper date support outside of the PivotTable (i.e., in a formula).

Weve also enabled support for implicit measures in Power BIconnected PivotTables. These now support  drag-and-drop aggregations  (i.e., sum, average, distinct count, etc.) of fields without needed pre-defined measures (i.e., explicit measures) in the underlying Power BI datasets as previously needed.  

How it works

For date support:

  1. Create a PivotTable connected to a Power BI dataset.
  2. If the dataset has a date field that you’d like to use in your analysis, drag the field into an area of the PivotTable fields list (e.g., rows, columns, filters). Worksheet with PivotTable Fields pane
  3. Filter or sort the field in your PivotTable as desired. Worksheet with Row Labels list displayed



For drag and drop aggregation support:

  1. Create a PivotTable connected to a Power BI dataset. 
  2. Drag any field into the Values area of the PivotTable fields list. Worksheet with fields selected and PivotTable Fields pane open
  3. Create aggregations on the field as desired.

Value Field Settings dialog box


We will be rolling the features to all users of Excel for the web and to Insiders running Beta Channel Version 2208 (Build 15601.20028) or later for Windows.

Don’t have it yet? It’s probably us, not you.

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