Power BI: New APIs for Custom Visuals Developers, Email Subscriptions and More Available Now

Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services: January 2017 Technical Preview, Email subscriptions for Power BI Pro, new APIs for custom visuals developers available.

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The new Power BI developer tools and custom visuals APIs with the version 1.4 release introducing localization support, so "custom visuals are now aware of the locale, and can localize the content of the visual accordingly."

The update joins the version 1.3 features that introduced the support for the much anticipated tooltips, as well as many utility libraries to help you develop custom visuals, such as:

  • Color Utils
  • Formatting Utils
  • Dataview Utils
  • Type Utils
  • Interactivity Utils
  • SVG Utils
  • Tooltip Utils
  • Chart Utils
  • Test Utils

See more over here: custom visuals gallery, PowerBI-visuals-tools, PowerBI-visuals-sampleBarChart.

The public preview of email subscriptions for the Power BI Pro, announced today allows to quickly subscribe to emails of the report pages that matter most to you, "will egularly send you screenshots of those report page directly to your inbox whenever the data changes," the team said.

"The image in your inbox will show up exactly as it does in Power BI, and include a link to the report where you can drill into any interesting findings."

To get started, open the report that you want to subscribe to, and click the "Subscribe" button. As long as you have view access to the report, you'll be able to subscribe to it. See the two screenshots below:

Power BI Pro Email Subscription for Reports

Power Bi Pro Email Subscription for Reports

Lastly, the Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services January 2017 Technical Preview is now available for download.

With this January 2017 Technical Preview, in addition to trying the VM in Azure, "you can now download the software and install it on your own on-premises VM or server," the team said.

Here's what you need (in later case:

  • Your own VM or server (not one in production use)
  • Windows Server 2012 or later (or Windows 8 or later)
  • .NET Framework 4.5.2 or later
  • SQL Server Database Engine (2008 or later), to store the report server database
  • SQL Server Analysis Services (2012 SP1 CU4 or later), to store your data models
  • Download January 2017 Technical Preview.

Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services: January 2017 Technical Preview