Power BI Desktop is coming

Microsoft is going to release the new Power BI service on Friday, July 24th. The number of new features is huge, but remember that this is just the beginning of a new wave of continuous updates, similarly to what we have seen for Power Query in the last months, just at a larger scale.

I will cover in this blog some more details about the impact of Power BI on many different point of views. In the meantime, I collected a few useful links to get some more anticipations of what is coming:

The title of this blog post is dedicated to Power BI Desktop, because I think we are going to see a first version of a complete environment to design data models, etl, and visualizations, completely detached from Excel. It will be also free, but I am more interested to the features that will be available. Having a distribution unrelated to Office will help those environments where Office update requires years…

As a side note, this is a very important news for Corporate BI: Public Preview of Azure Data Catalog, still a young service but very promising.

Waiting for more news at the end of this week…