Power BI Blog: Azure Maps

back to this week’s edition of the Power BI blog series.  This week, we look at the Azure Maps


Since releasing this Azure Map visual
for private Preview over a year ago, Microsoft has added a variety of customisation
options to help bring it up to par with their current Map visual.  Now it’s gone fully live.  These additions include support for location
name fields (geocoding), Pie chart layers, Filled Map layers and more.

Now it’s fully out in the wild, there
are things you might notice:

  • When you open a report with an existing Map visual and
    Azure Maps is enabled for your organisation, you’ll see a window pop up
    encouraging you to upgrade your Map to an Azure Map
    As you might have
    been able to infer since the release of the visual’s public Preview, Power BI
    is focusing its development efforts on Azure Maps as the single first-party map
    visual.  In fact, in a future release,
    Microsoft will fully deprecate older map visuals and migrate even existing
    reports over to Azure Maps in order to truly unify all of our map visuals into
    one.  However, Microsoft encourage you to
    convert your Maps to Azure Maps now
    This will make sure that you get all the new features as soon as they
    ship and that your transition is as seamless as possible

  • The style of all of Power BI’s map tiles, including in the Azure Maps visual, will be updated. 

    Since this will affect all reports, including
    existing reports, Microsoft is rolling this change out to users over time, so
    keep an eye out for the new style in your own reports and send them feedback
    early if you encounter any issues.

Whilst Azure Maps has now reached
General Availability, Microsoft’s investment in Azure Maps won’t slow down apparently.  They mention they “…still have even more
features and improvements planned for the visual in the coming releases”. 

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meantime, please remember we offer training in Power BI which you can find out
more about here.  If you wish to catch up on past articles, you
can find all of our past Power BI blogs here.  

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