Highlights from Microsoft Ignite 2022


Microsoft always makes a splash at its annual Ignite event, and the 2022 edition was no different. One of the main focuses this year was highlighting the many updates made to Power BI leading up to Ignite as well as the revelation of a few new features.   

At Microsoft Ignite last week, Microsoft announced more integration between Power BI and Microsoft 365. Latest updates presently in preview have the business intelligence app integrating with OneDrive and SharePoint. Every Microsoft 365 user relies on OneDrive and SharePoint to share, view, and explore their documents, files and now Power BI reports. With this integration, Microsoft has enabled users to preview and interact with Power BI report files directly from their OneDrive and SharePoint apps.  

Through Power BI Desktop, users can choose to save their reports directly to a cloud location in OneDrive or SharePoint instead of saving to their local drive. Once saved, users can explore and interact with the report directly from OneDrive or SharePoint without needing to download and launch Power BI Desktop or manually publish to Power BI Service. This capability not only makes it easier to share Power BI reports, but also simplifies the workflow for users that want to quickly analyze the reports from OneDrive or SharePoint itself.  

Currently, this integration is in private preview with Microsoft’s non-disclosure agreement audience only. Along with these Microsoft 365 integrations, Microsoft also is reducing deployment efforts for IT by automatically installing Power BI for Microsoft 365 users as part of the Office 365 installer.  

Microsoft also has simplified cross-tenant sharing and B2B discoverability. Cross-tenant dataset sharing enables users to share datasets with external organizations like business partners, customers, and vendors in an easy, quick, and secure manner. External users can then access the dataset in their own tenant, build composite models on top of the shared dataset with their own internal data, and build and share reports based on the model. Users can access all external datasets in one place on the Power BI Desktop.  

Microsoft also made B2B discoverability easier. This extends to simplifying finding reports, datasets, folders, dashboards, metrics, and other items shared with you by an external user. When Power BI users log into the Power BI service, they will see a new tab on the home page called “From external orgs” that will list the artifacts shared with them and will allow them to filter and sort to find the content they need quickly.  

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