Microsoft’s Power Platform gives IT more control and more Teams integration

Power BI continues to become the new Excel and Teams continues to bring business information and tools together so you can talk about them. Here are the new features announced at Ignite to help with that.

Microsoft Ignite 2019 in review: Azure Arc, HoloLens 2, Edge, Quantum, and Teams
With roughly 26,000 people in attendance at Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando, the company has announced dozens of new features, products, and updates.

Although it’s usually seen as a competitor to Slack, Teams isn’t really a chat client. You can use it for chat and video meetings, but in many ways it’s really a much better interface to working with SharePoint. The new Files view in Teams includes the same file previews as in OneDrive, so you can see a PDF or a 360-degree video without needing to open the file. There’s also a new Tasks view coming from Teams that will show tasks you create in Teams, Planner and Microsoft To Do, all in the same place.

But Teams is also a handy interface for some of the other Office 365 services that don’t fit into the familiar desktop Office apps, like Power BI.

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From the launch of Teams, you’ve been able to pin Power BI dashboards as tabs, making this a handy way of accessing one of the tools you need. That might be because someone asks you something in chat and you need to look it up, or because you just need to look it up and if you’re going to have it open anyway, Teams is a handier place to pin it than the Start menu or taskbar. That’s because it can sit next to the documents library for your team, and your OneDrive folders and relevant line-of-business apps.

Today, you have to know the URL for a Power BI dashboard you want to add as a tab in Teams. But soon, when you add a new Power BI tab to Teams, you’ll see a list of all the Power BI dashboards used in your team or shared with you by other people.