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Another factor for Microsoft to consider, is that when a user responds to this thread, they automatically receive an email with every new comment. This means that every person who has commented here receives multiple emails every day showing not just negative, but increasingly hostile responses to this feature. People used to say "I'll never use this," and then "I won't use Power BI if this becomes the only way," to now "I'm going to stop using Power BI because I assume Microsoft is going to make this the only way." Because we are all subscribed to this thread, this overwhelmingly negative sentiment multiplies in the hearts and minds of the core user base. It is painful to watch this go on for months without Microsoft addressing how they will turn this around, what the long term plans are for this feature, and why Microsoft continues to invest in such a wildly unpopular feature.
My opinion is that this feature is being pushed too aggressively and with very poor testing. After multiple crashes early on, I haven't touched it. Things like managing panes is such a basic usability issue, that I don't think Microsoft is doing any significant testing before we see it. While this is ok for small features that are mostly polished, this change is too big and too rough still. It feels like we are alpha testing, not beta testing. The whole world should not be your alpha testers! We are on a monthly release cycle, so by the time we give you feedback, it takes months before the fixes come back to us. That isn't workable for such a large change. At the pace you are on, it will take years before this change is usable. And you are depleting your pool of testers when people turn it on and have to turn it off after 5 minutes of testing. Many have made up their minds on this change by now and won't touch it anymore. How are you going to get feedback then? You need a smaller, highly active test group of seasoned developers who want this feature and a weekly release schedule. Pull the preview until your alpha testers are happy.
Something needs to happen though. Continuing on as-is hurts the trust we place in the development team. This thread is a festering pool of negativity. If you don't address it somehow, I think you will see the sentiment toward Power BI continue to decline with your core users.
Well said, come on MS, what about some basic features that are still missing on visuals:
- Freeze panes on a table
- Drill through on a multi row card
- A better guage visual with multiple ranges
- The ability to fix the slicer type (as say between) when using 'Show values on selected field'
Just focus on the visuals, that's where you're falling behind the competition. You're relying on the easy transition from Excel to Power BI with people's existing license agreements, rather than genuinely trying to compete in the market space
The MS person who decided down this path has definitely NOT used PBI on a daily basis. Knowing how large corporation works, it is hardly a surprise, just profoundly SAD for the community.
There are many useful features the community asked for over years, very few got implemented. Instead, MS happily chose to waste 1 year of development time on something everyone hates, and no one asked for.
I completely agree, development time could be spent on improvements to the current one that would be welcome, and not on a new one that is totally hated by the majority of developers.
So far I've found this feature very clumsy to use. I'm constantly lost when trying to add new fields to my visuals etc. so eventually I decided to turn the preview feature off again.
In my opinion this is a huge step down from the original way things worked and I really hope it doesn't become the new default.
Sentiments of EXCEL are horrible!!!! Power BI Desktop is not a replacement of Excel and frankly the clunky means of engaging with data in charting and pivots there should not propagate over to Power BI Desktop too!!
PLEASE DO NOT SHIP THIS AS ON BY DEFAULT AND PLEASE DON'T STOP ENHANCING AND OPTIMIZING THE EXISTING INTERFACE AND LAYOUT 😊 (bold CAPS is not to yell, but to respectfully exclaim). If you have a legitimate base of your customers who wants this style of interaction, so be it ... but I think it's clear and apparent that there is a substantial base of customers who do not like it at all!!!
To be honest, flat out a very bad move - who thought of this way of doing things? With this new feature, it requires a lot of unnescessary clicks - please keep it the way it was. I have turned it off.
As a Power BI consultant, I work with client's reports daily. I have turned off it four times, it wastes so much of my time. As long as the option is there for you to choose if it is there, I'm okay. But if our current feature is gone, instead of this new one, then for me personally, I would probably switch to another visualization tools.
not a fan of the feature. I work as a consultant and I use PBI alot with clients to help them moving towards advanced analytics. This means that I build quite a lot of reports and dashboards. The new features makes it really cumbersome to quickly build and change visuals. Too many clicks, and quite often I need to add back the panes. Its a real hassle. I have turned it off as it tripled my time spent with generating reports. As long as the option is there for you to choose if its there, i'm happy. But if that feature is gone, then for me personally I would problably switch to another visualization tool.
The On-Object Interaction is not working when I click OK in the options dialog box. The page remains grey.
Could you please show a solution for this?
Not a fan at all, really oversimplifying it to the point that it makes it difficult to do anything with any sort of detail. Please keep the option to switch off. It's a good idea to try to simplify PBI as a front end tool but it doesn't really lend itself to the report developer experience.