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Microsoft’s relentless focus on our customers in today’s cloud-first world has made Microsoft a leader in cloud technology and innovations. It also means we have a lot to share about our progress in the space—and the value and impact for the enterprise.

To help you easily keep up with where we are and where we’re headed in the cloud, we’re launching an “In Case You Missed It,” blog series. On the first and third Thursday of each month, we’ll recap recent news and announcements from across the Microsoft cloud platform.

This week, we’re highlighting some of Microsoft’s recent updates that enable businesses to use their data to improve best practices, recognize trends, and measure success. We’ll also talk about apps and visualization tools that can mine critical insights from data you already have.


Developers, Save the Date! Connect(); 2017 Announced

Connect(); 2017 will bring together developers of all stripes from Nov. 15–17 and be webcast globally from New York. During Connect();, developers will explore how to create apps that infuse data and AI in new and innovative ways. We’ll also consider how the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge are transforming our capabilities – and responsibilities – for using data technology for good.

Read the blog to find out more about how to register for Connect(); 2017, attend the livestream, and receive the latest news updates.


Power BI: September updates include new custom visualizations

Power BI is on a fast innovation cycle, with monthly updates to Power BI Desktop. In September updates include drillthrough reporting, giving customers more details on single entities in their data; Ribbon chart, a new visualization from Microsoft; several new community visualizations; and Azure consumption insights to help customers better monitor their Azure consumption data through Power BI.

Visit the blog for more information on Power BI updates.


Power BI at Ignite 2017: Enterprise-ready capabilities ensure secure and scalable data use

Visualization plays a critical role in transforming how your data works for you and identifying insights that can impact your business. That’s why so many enterprise organizations rely on Power BI to establish their data-driven cultures. During this year’s Ignite conference, the Power BI team highlighted how some organizations have put the tool to work for them. The team also introduced new enterprise-grade features and capabilities that can help users do even more. Upgrades include:

  • Improved scalability and performance delivered via flexible, capacity-based pricing
  • Updated distribution and compliance for enterprise security, governance, and regulatory requirements
  • Availability of Power BI Desktop via the Windows Store

Check out the blog for additional Power BI feature updates and details.