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Power BI User Day Holland 2018 | March 23-24, 2018 | The Netherlands

by Power BI Admin MindyJ ‎02-06-2018 05:22 PM - edited ‎02-06-2018 09:08 PM

Power BI User Day Holland is back for a second year!  This year’s conference will be filled with strong technical content, vibrant speakers, and Power BI experts. 


Data & BI Summit 2018 | April 24-26, 2018 | Dublin, Ireland

by Power BI Admin MindyJ ‎01-29-2018 04:24 PM - edited ‎01-29-2018 04:28 PM

Eager to save on your Data & BI Summit registration? It’s easy: go to databisummit.com, take advantage of Early Bird pricing and save up to €400. Early Bird pricing for Data & BI Summit ends 31 January.


Difinity Conference 2018 | February 12-14, 2018 | Auckland, New Zealand

by Power BI Admin MindyJ ‎01-29-2018 11:37 AM - edited ‎01-30-2018 12:08 PM

Want to learn more about Power BI and Business Intelligence?  Come to the Difinity Conference 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.  It is the largest Microsoft Power BI and Business Intelligence conference for the Australia and New Zealand area. During this three-day conference, 40 speakers from all around the world (U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand) will speak at Difinity Conference 2018. This conference will be held at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand February 12-14, 2018. 


Year in Review: Featured Entry

by Power BI Admin mbenjamin on ‎01-26-2018 03:05 PM

As the “Year in Review” contest starts to wrap up, check out this week’s featured entry!


Year in Review Progress!

by Power BI Admin mbenjamin on ‎01-19-2018 12:46 PM

The “Year in Review” Contest is off to a great start, and we’re excited to feature a randomly selected entry each week.


"Year in Review" Contest with Power BI

by Power BI Admin mbenjamin ‎01-03-2018 10:08 AM - edited ‎01-05-2018 08:38 AM

Happy New Year! What better way to kick off 2018 than by entering this contest for a chance to win some fabulous prizes? Read the full blog post for details and the attached official rules. 


Something BIG is coming!

by Power BI Admin mbenjamin on ‎12-20-2017 02:49 PM

Here’s your chance to make your awesome story idea pay off! We’re excited to announce we’ll begin accepting entries for our biggest contest yet on January 3rd.  The winning entrant will walk away with an amazing prize.


Pardon Our Dust, We’re Making Changes

by Power BI Admin MindyJ ‎12-14-2017 02:24 PM - edited ‎12-14-2017 02:27 PM

We have exciting changes in the works for the Power BI community. The community is getting a makeover to make it easier to navigate and quickly find what you are looking for. We're redesigning our community to be cleaner, more interactive, and useful for our members.


Power BI "Bookmark Feature" Contest

by Power BI Admin mbenjamin ‎12-12-2017 09:38 AM - edited ‎12-12-2017 09:47 AM

Enter the Power BI "Bookmark Feature" Contest for a chance to win a Power BI Super Swag Prize Pack! 


Power BI staff wins gold Stevie Award for Women in Business

by Power BI Admin MindyJ ‎12-05-2017 10:54 AM - edited ‎12-05-2017 10:33 PM

Have you visited the Power BI Galleries recently? You may wonder what inspired this rich resource for the Power BI community. In late 2016 Sandy Rivas, Community Strategy Manager for Microsoft’s Business Application Group, came up with an idea to motivate members to contribute to the community, educate each other, and celebrate the users through kudos. She worked with her all-woman team to create the Data Stories Gallery and then launched the Motivate-Educate-Celebrate campaign


Power BI Reporting Webinar: Transforming "Good" to "Great!"

by Power BI Admin MindyJ on ‎11-16-2017 01:56 PM - last edited on ‎11-16-2017 02:15 PM by Power BI Admin mbenjamin

Failing to deliver a well-designed Power BI Report is perhaps the most common reporting pitfall.  What good is quality data if it is not presented in a way that is meaningful or easily understood? Someone without any prior knowledge should be able to quickly understand a report without explanation and be quickly drawn to the key elements you want them to view.  This webinar will walk through the common dos and don’ts of reporting in Power BI, using easy-to-learn techniques that bring data to life.


Register to join Microsoft Business Forward in Chicago

by Power BI Admin MiguelMartinez ‎10-24-2017 12:34 PM - edited ‎10-24-2017 12:35 PM

Hear from Microsoft executives Judson Althoff EVP Worldwide Commercial Business and James Phillips CVP Business Applications Group about the latest advancements in Dynamics 365 applications to help you transform the way you do business.




London and Copenhagen wrapped up their two-day Power BI World Tour events in August. To read more about the highlights from the World Tour events in London and Copenhagen, check out the event recaps.


New Webinars on Advanced Query Design and Power BI Embedded

by TedPattison Member ‎08-03-2017 05:58 PM - edited ‎08-03-2017 05:59 PM


After receiving 12 Microsoft MVP awards my work with SharePoint development, this week I finally received my first MVP award for Power BI and the Microsoft Data Platform. I guess you could say I am a Born Again MVP! I am very happy to be in the company of so many of my Power BI heroes such as Marcus Russo, Alberto Ferrari and Chris Webb. To celebrate this achievement I have scheduled two public webinars on Power BI next week in which I am going to present some in-depth content. I hope you can make it to one of these webinar and, afterwards, I will post the recordings to the Power BI community site for those who are interested but cannot attend due to time constraints.


We are very excited to give you a preview of what each of our 18 amazing customers will show you during the Customer Story sessions at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit on June 12 – 13 in Seattle. After much preparation, we've boiled down each presentation to 25 minutes with 5-10 minutes of every session focused on demos.


We've made sure we have depth and breadth of customers across several industries like sports, finance, technology, media, and more with many different capabilities showcased, including Microsoft Power BI, Power BI Mobile, PowerApps, R, Azure Machine Learning, IoT, and more. Here's a quick look at what you can expect during the event!


Meet Datanaut Flox!

by Jessica Regular Visitor ‎06-08-2017 10:29 AM - edited ‎06-08-2017 10:30 AM

This week we announced some of the community events you can expect at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit next week, and debuted the Datanauts, a collection of space defenders representing Excel, PowerApps, Flow, and Power BI.


Today, meet Flox.


Meet Datanaut Appleta Patel

by Jessica Regular Visitor ‎06-07-2017 12:55 PM - edited ‎06-07-2017 12:57 PM

This week we announced some of the community events you can expect at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit next week, and debuted the Datanauts, a collection of space defenders representing Excel, PowerApps, Flow, and Power BI.


Today, meet Appleta Patel.


Meet Datanaut Xander Cell

by Jessica Regular Visitor ‎06-06-2017 11:59 AM - edited ‎06-06-2017 12:05 PM

Yesterday we announced some of the community events you can expect at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit next week, and debuted the Datanauts, a collection of space defenders representing Excel, PowerApps, Flow, and Power BI.


Today, meet Xander Cell.


Can't make it to Microsoft Data Insights Summit? We’ll bring the conference to you!


We’re livestreaming our three keynotes and nine of our most popular breakout sessions, June 12–13, 2017 so you can learn alongside attendees. As Microsoft’s conference for business analysts, the Microsoft Data Insights Summit is filled with strong technical content to help you build a data culture at your organization.


See the full livestream schedule in this post. Mark your calendar and get ready to transform the way you work!


Don’t forget to submit your Power BI Pride 2017 videos – the deadline is quickly approaching (due: May 14, 2017).


Known for his award-winning global achievements in infographics and multimedia as a professor, author, journalist and designer, we are excited to welcome data visualization expert Alberto Cairo back to the Microsoft Data Insights Summit, taking place June 12-13, 2017 in Seattle. This year Alberto will provide a special guest keynote focused on the different dimensions of data visualization and how to entice your audience to engage with your information.


Learn how to get the most from your data — and the Microsoft tools you use every day — at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit, the company’s user conference for business analysts. Now in its second year, the event is packed with strong technical content, hands-on workshops, and a great lineup of speakers. And back by popular demand, you can now book an appointment with a Microsoft expert with our recently launched online Schedule Builder.


With more than 5 million copies sold in 40 countries, Freakonomics is a worldwide phenomenon — and we’re thrilled to announce that authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner will join us for a special guest keynote at Microsoft Data Insights Summit, taking place June 12–13, 2017 in Seattle.


We recently shared our full session catalog for this year’s Microsoft Data Insights Summit. This week we want to highlight some of the featured speakers  we’ll have at the event. The Data Insights Summit includes an amazing mix of BI experts, product partners, community members, and Microsoft product engineers – all at the conference to help you learn how make the most of your data. We’re thrilled to spotlight Amanda Cofsky, Brian Jones, Chris Webb, Danielle Dean, Jennifer Stirrup, Justyna Lucznik, Kim Manis, Marco Russo, and Rob Collie.


Vote now for the next Power BI t-shirt!

by Jessica Regular Visitor ‎03-29-2017 10:40 AM - edited ‎03-29-2017 10:41 AM

A week ago we asked you to submit new designs for our next Power BI t-shirt, and we had an amazing response! Now it's time to vote for your favorites.



In February, we announced that our Microsoft Data Insights Summit will return for the second year, and invited you to register and join us June 12-13, 2017 in Seattle, WA. This is THE user conference for Power BI, SQL Server BI, Excel, PowerApps, and Flow.


Have you ever wished that there was a forum where you could just hang out and talk Power BI? Not an online message board but a live conversation with live people. You could ask questions, share comments or seek guidance about whatever is on your mind.

Keep reading about my adventures with a "Radio Style" Power BI Talk Show, I host each Friday 9AM Pacific. The whole thing started when I was...


We’re excited to announce the Microsoft Data Insights Summit, our user conference for business analysts, is back June 12 – 13, 2017 in Seattle, WA. This two-day event is designed to help you identify deeper insights, make better sense of your data, and take action to transform your business. The conference sold out last year – and we don’t want you to miss out – so we encourage you to reserve your spot soon. 


Please help us improve International Power BI!

by Power BI Team Mira ‎11-28-2016 12:46 PM - edited ‎12-05-2016 04:42 PM

We want to invite all of you who use localized versions of Power BI or any international data formats to participate in Power BI International testing. We appreciate any participation which will help us improve international quality of Power BI components. We will give Windows Store credit prizes(https://microsoftmerchandise.com) based on random drawing of folks who file bugs eligible for drawing.


Going forward the Power BI team will be doing two webinars per week. The first will be on Tuesdays hosted by an industry expert or community leader sharing their knowledge, best practices and guidance with the world


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