In 2019, Microsoft released a new Report Builder tool for Power BI, with the rather self-explanatory purpose of allowing paginated reports to be authored and then published to the data analytics service. Around the time of its release, the tech giant launched a 'Feature Friday' series that highlighted the latest capabilities for the tool, including Secure Embed, adding comments, and more.
Today, Microsoft has started rolling out a new version of the Power BI Report Builder. This version has been rebuilt as an x64 app, and users should notice this change in the form of performance improvements when it comes to designing and locally rendering paginated reports.
As for other new additions, for starters, there is a new 'Data' tab. This acts as an efficient way to connect to a variety of different data sources when creating reports. Next up, DAX queries can now be copy/pasted with ease. Previously, users were required to connect to models in third-party tools to paste in custom DAX queries.
Support for single sign-on (SSO) for SQL Server and Oracle data sources is now available too, through the Enterprise Gateway. And finally, the release also includes bug fixes and accessibility improvements.
The latest version of Power BI Report Builder – which is currently in preview – can be downloaded from the Download Center here or the Microsoft Store here.