We need to talk about… Power Platform Release Wave 1 2023… Power Bi

Next, in my blog series, I finally visit all of the new features and functionality that we can expect to see in Release Wave 1 of 2023 for Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform. Today I will be discussing the updates in Power Bi.

New features coming to Power Bi focus primarily on its closer integration with Teams and some various UI and performance improvements behind the scenes.

The Dynamics 365 Release Wave 1 for 2023 outlines all the new features that will be released between March 2023 through August 2023. You can either browse the release plan online or download the document as a PDF file. The PDF file also includes information about Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI, Power Pages, Power Virtual Agents, Microsoft Dataverse, Microsoft Power Platform governance and administration, and data integration.

Download the 2023 release wave 1 PDF

The Microsoft Power Platform features coming in the 2023 release wave 1 have been summarized in a separate release plan as well as a downloadable PDF

Improved Data Governance

Power BI now provides enhanced data governance features, including data lineage and sensitivity labels. This allows administrators to track the origin of data and maintain better control over sensitive data, ensuring that it is only accessible to authorized users.

More Powerful Analytics Capabilities

With the latest release, Power BI has expanded its analytics capabilities with new features like Smart Narratives and Explain the Increase/Decrease.

Smart Narratives is a natural language generation (NLG) feature that automatically creates human-like narratives to explain insights and trends. Meanwhile, Explain the Increase/Decrease helps users understand the factors contributing to the change in their data.

Enhanced Integration with Microsoft Teams

Power BI now integrates more closely with Microsoft Teams, providing users with more options to collaborate on data and insights. The new Teams Meeting Integration feature allows users to present Power BI reports directly within Teams meetings, making it easier to share insights and collaborate with others.

More Intuitive User Interface

The latest release of Power BI also includes several updates to the user interface, making it more intuitive and easier to use. The new drag-and-drop capability for creating visualizations allows users to quickly create and customize reports and dashboards.

Improved Performance

Power BI’s performance has also been improved with several enhancements to the platform’s underlying architecture. These updates include faster rendering times for visuals and improved connectivity to data sources, making it easier to work with large datasets.

These are just a few of the many updates included in Release Wave 1 for 2023 for Power BI.

Hope you all enjoyed this post on the Power Pages. I will continue this series with some additional content specifically related to Power Pages and how they work with other aspects of the Power Platform. Take Care, Speak Soon!

About the Author

Started his Dynamics 365 journey back in the days of CRM 2011… working for a Microsoft Partner who specialised in the SMB space in NI/ROI. This role exposed him to all aspects of what we now know as Dynamics 365 and it also gave me experience in all aspects of a CRM/D365 deployment, from Pre-Sales, through discovery and diagnostics, to design and deployment, and finally, training and support post-go-live.


Donnell, G., 2023, We need to talk about… Power Platform Release Wave 1 2023… Power Bi, d365ni.co.uk, Available at: https://www.d365ni.co.uk/post/we-need-to-talk-about-d365-release-wave-1-2023-power-bi [Accessed on 11 September 2023]


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