Having reviewed the GA Azure map visual with some team members this week, there appear to be a few key issues with it in its current form.
Please therefore review the notes below in advance of the Azure map completely replacing the current/old default Map visual, thank you.
Issue 1: Regional map labels dynamically disabled when bubble layer is above underlying map 'label' layer: Please note in the screenshot below, that the Azure map (bottom row) is purposely removing the underlying map layer labels - where they 'clash' with the bubble layer - versus how the labels are still consistently present behind the same layer in the original default Map (top row), for example in the Azure map there is no label shown for Utah, Kentucky or Virginia.
We would request that [in advance of this being made the only option in PBI], there at least be the option to change the settings, in order to mimic/replicate the 'bubble layer' behaviour in the current/old default Map visual, a shown above. Also, adjusting the transparency of the bubble layer has no impact, since the label itself is still missing where this current behaviour occurs, as below:
But if you capture a screenshot mid-render, you can glimpse the label[s] in place before the Azure map chooses to remove them, as shown here (in effect, this gives a glimpse of the functionality/result we are seeking, with labels for Utah etc. now visible underneath the bubble layer):
Just to also note, I'm aware in this specific example you 'could' supplant the missing labels with the category labels, but this would not usually be the case, plus only achieves a sub-optimal result at best.
Issue 2: End user/on-map 'Style picker' menu not dynamic/broken if map is 'too short'
I'm a bit surprised to see this is still an issue, but the 'Style picker menu doesn't seem to render properly, and gets broken completely if the map is too short. Examples below:
First, please note the incorrect rending of the 'Style picker' text contents, where the selected menu item is flush/crashing into the border of the menu itself (on the right-hand side, as highlighted by the arrow):
Second (and more significantly), please note the way in which the menu appears when expanded if the visual is 'too short' (you can see the dimensions of the Azure map on the right-hand pane) for reference:
In this scenario, it's not possible to see the missing options unless using the visual formatting pane, which is not possible for end users, as shown in PBI service below: There is no scroll bar, nor does the menu react when attempting to scroll using the mouse. And while it 'is' possible to navigate to the hidden menu items via keyboard, you're effectively 'working blind' at that point.
If the map is large/tall enough however, the menu functions when expanded:
Feature request: Ability to control options given in Style picker (i.e. specify end user options from list)
Whilst the idea of giving end users the ability to easily change the map style is great, not all of the options are meaningful or relevant to every map. We would therefore request the ability to choose which Styles to make available to end users, (for example our preferred options would currently be 'Road' and 'Grayscale [Light]', with the possibility of enabling other styles depending on the map). A checklist type format inside of a drop-down list menu (or something similar) underneath the current Style picker toggle button could work well here.