Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 GA, Power BI Navigation Preview and Andorid App Released

BizTalk Server 2016 with new hybrid application integration capabilities, Power BI app for Android tablets, Power BI Navigation previews are now available in preview.

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Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016, generally available today allowing seamlessly connecting on-premises and cloud-based apps through the new "hybrid application integration capabilities."

The release highlights Microsoft's commitment to creating a comprehensive hybrid integration platform that offers flexibility for customers to integrate applications, data and processes across both on-premises and the cloud.

You can download BizTalk Server 2016 here.

Also, a new navigation experience available in preview today Power BI Navigation, makes it easier to access most important content and makes authors more productive.

This new left navigation bar makes it easier for users to access content quickly. "With Recent, get quick access to the dashboards and reports you've most recently accessed – across all of your workspaces."

The BI team notes, that by early next year, this new navigation will become default for all users of Power BI.

Tp opt-in to try the new navigation experience, you need to first enable Early Access to New Features setting in Power BI. To turn on Early access, follow these steps

  • Open your Settings menu by selecting the gear icon in the top right corner of your Power BI screen and choosing Settings.
  • Select the General tab and choose Preview features.
  • Select the On radio button to try out the new experience. Click Apply.
  • To turn preview features off, follow steps 1-2 above, and in step 3, select Off > Apply.
Left Power BI Navigation Preview

Power BI Navigation Preview

The Power BI app preview offers a "familiar and consistent" interface that any current Power BI users is used to. With the new app, you can access and interact with all your Power BI and SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services (SSRS) business data, anywhere and anytime.

You can also check into any of your Power BI information regardless of whether or not you're connected to the internet – this version of Power BI fully supports offline mode.

The features in the Power BI for Android update included:

  • Visualizations links
  • Links in visualizations will now open in the Android browser
  • Improved warnings and banners
  • Noticeable warnings for tiles, visualizations, and application banners
  • Geographic filtering
  • filter your report based on your current location, and see only the data you need

The app is available on Google Play store, and for more information, see this video:

Visual Studio Team Services updates include new task versioning and ability to follow pull requests

The latest updates in Visual Studio Team Services include a new build task versioning, which lets authors roll out a new version of a task without affecting other people using the task.

You can also now follow a pull request and see a preview of the new hosted Linux pool, which enables building and releasing on Linux machines without having to configure a private agent.

Additionally, you can lock build definition to a major version, and build definitions can be updated to the new major version when ready to test it. Author can now create a new major version without affecting existing builds.

However, disabling minor version updates is not currently possible, because Microsoft uses to forcibly push security fixes, etc. "We're still exploring options for further lock down for very controlled environments," Microsoft said.