Power BI Reports Support QR Codes on iOS
Power BI mobile users, at least those clutching to their iPhones, have another option for quickly getting to their reports: QR codes.
QR, or quick-response, codes are blocky, barcode-like symbols that can be used for a variety of purposes. Consumers typically encounter them in magazine advertisements, signage and other printed materials. When scanned with a smartphone camera and compatible app, the machine-readable code can take a user to a product's or promotional campaign's Website.
In Power BI for iOS, QR codes provide a shortcut to reports authored on the platform.
The time-saving feature spares iPhone users the time it takes to hunt down a report by allowing users of the iPhone app to simply scan a code and arrive at the intended report. "First, sign in to the Power BI service and open the report you want to link. Click the ellipsis (…) for the action menu in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, and select Generate QR," Romi Koifman, a Microsoft Power BI program manager, instructed in a May 9 announcement. With the code in hand, a user can send it via email or print it out.
Microsoft makes several updates to Power BI, including the ability for iPhone users to create QR codes that point to their reports.
The Android version of the Power BI app gains a new global search function with autocomplete capabilities that enables users to search reports, groups and dashboards by name. As its name suggests, the Recent menu provides one-tap access to previously viewed Power BI items.