Power BI Developer community November update brings new embed capabilities and more

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Earlier this month, Microsoft introduced the capability to embed Power BI paginated reports in other applications. Then, last week, the tech giant introduced this month's update to the desktop version of its data analytics service.

Microsoft's September update for the Power BI Developer community brought a couple of new embed capabilities, automation & life-cycle management changes, and an About feature for the visuals platform. With regards to the November update just announced, however, the changelog is more extensive, with a total of 10 new and improved features being added to the service.

The following list covers all the changes that have been introduced as part of the latest update:

  • Embedded analytics updates
    • Automation & life-cycle management
      • Connecting a report to datasets using dynamic binding
      • Clone and rebind apis support shared dataset
      • Api for generating embed token for multiple items
    • Embed capabilities
      • Embedded paginated reports
      • Embedded ai – decomposition tree
      • Automatic page refresh supported in power bi embedded
      • Personalize your table and matrix hyperlinks behavior
      • Interact with your embedded mobile report with single tap
      • Bootstrap your iframe to improve rendering performance
  • Power bi visuals platform updates
    • Context menu support

Dynamic binding enables developers to connect a single report template across multiple datasets, with information displayed according to the dataset it's connected to at any particular moment. Usage of this feature has been showcased in the gif above. Support for shared datasets across all embedding solutions, meanwhile, has allowed for expansion of the Rebind report REST API and the Clone report REST API. As far as APIs are concerned, a new one to help embed Power BI content into applications for customers has also been introduced. You can read more about the latest embed capabilities on offer at the linked source.

And finally, context menu support for the visuals platform has been announced as well. The capability, which has been recommended for its ability "to provide a unified and smooth experience", will be added as a requirement for the submission process for new visuals and updates to existing ones after a few months. You can learn more about how exactly to put the context menu into action here.

If you're part of the Power BI developer community, you can share your ideas regarding potential new features for embedded analytics here, and custom visuals here.

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