New Version Of Power Map Available

Last week a new, preview version of Power Query was released to work with the Power BI public preview (John White, whose blog has a lot of good Power BI information, has the details here); today, a new version of Power Map was released too. You can download it here:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38395

Here are some of the new features, in no particular order:

  • You can now overlay certain geographical regions onto a map. For example, with the following table in the Excel Data Model:
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    In Power Map you can create a new layer type of Region and see each country shaded by their sales value:

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    The Region shapes are sourced from Bing; you can’t upload your own shapes unfortunately. I have no idea what regions Bing does know about, but it clearly knows about English county boundaries (though it doesn’t know about postcode boundaries):

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  • You now have the option of seeing a ‘Flat Map’. Here’s the map above shown in flattened form:

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  • You can now control the colours used in a layer:

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  • You can add annotations with images in:

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  • You can now record tours from within Power Map and save them to an MP4 file.
  • Calculated columns and hidden columns can now be referenced in a layer.

There are plenty of other changes – I’ll update this post if I’ve missed any other major ones – but in addition the app seems smoother and faster, as well as being (slightly) easier to use.

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