Santa has come early and dropped off the Power BI Desktop 2019 Christmas update!

This update is massive! There are some real improvements to theming in Power BI Desktop, upgrades to a number of existing visuals and a whole raft of new custom visuals from xViz & Zebra BI.

Here’s the complete list of December updates:


  • Customize current theme (preview)
  • Export current theme
  • Setting table column or matrix value as a custom URL
  • KPI visual formatting settings
  • New decomposition tree formatting
  • Filter pane toggle button in the new ribbon
  • Automatic Page Refresh query details (preview)


  • Load more for Analyze insights
  • New DAX function: Quarter


  • Personalization of the visualization pane is now generally available
  • New xViz visuals
    • Hierarchy tree
    • Bullet chart
    • Parallel Coordinates
    • Gantt chart
  • New Zebra BI visuals
    • Zebra BI charts
    • Zebra BI tables
  • Drill Down Combo Bar PRO by ZoomCharts
  • Annotated Bar by Queryon
  • Tachometer 5 Ranges
  • ValQ licensing updates

Data connectivity

  • Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 connector is now generally available
  • Power Platform Dataflows connector
  • PostgreSQL connector now includes the Npgsql provider
  • AtScale connector is now generally available
  • Azure Time Series Insights connector
  • Data Virtuality connector
  • Zucchetti HR Infinity connector

Data Preparation

  • Updates to AI Insights functions (preview)

Template apps

  • Omnichannel insights for Dynamics 365
  • Customer service analytics for Dynamics 365
  • Microsoft Forms Pro for Customer Service

Check out the following video for a summary and demos of the major updates: 

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