Microsoft Power BI Offers Data Storytelling in PowerPoint


When presenting your data in a PowerPoint slide, you are forced to use info that is not current. It is just the nature of copying and pasting visuals that will get your point across as you prepare weeks in advance for the big day. That issue is now a thing of the past. Using Microsoft Power BI data storytelling, users can respond to people’s requests to get more information without leaving their PowerPoint presentation and while maintaining the flow of their meetings. 

In late May, Microsoft announced the preview of Power BI data storytelling in PowerPoint. This add-in lets users add Power BI reports and bookmarks to slides while enjoying the interactive experience of Power BI within presentations. Through data storytelling, data will always be up to date in the slides, whether users are building a presentation or presenting live to others. 

For users starting from PowerPoint, there is now a Power BI button in the PowerPoint ribbon. This allows users to bring the URL of a report page or bookmark they want to add to the presentation. This feature also can be utilized from Power BI. Users can start with the Power BI report they want to use and hit the “Share” button, followed by choosing “PowerPoint.”  

Once loaded into a presentation, the report is live and interactive. Users can use all of Power BI’s capabilities to engage with the audience based on the data and insights on that slide. Through storytelling, users can respond to questions and feedback raised during a presentation and look at a different view of the data by making new data selections. Users can also freeze a live view and make it into an image.   

If you would like to learn more about the Power BI app for Microsoft Teams or about Microsoft 365 in general, give us a call today. 2W Tech is a Microsoft Gold Partner and a technology service provider with an extensive line-card of products and services.  

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