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… 

Originally appeared on: http://sqlblog.com/blogs/marco_russo/archive/2015/07/20/power-bi-desktop-is-coming.aspx