Microsoft Upgrades Power BI Mobile Sharing on Android, iOS Devices
The iOS version of the Power BI app makes it easier for users to annotate and share their business insights on the go with Apple mobile devices, including the Apple Watch.Microsoft is rolling out the final Power BI mobile app updates for 2016. This time around, the focus is on making it easier to share findings and get Android tablet users up to speed on the business intelligence (BI) app. On iOS, the company has made new enhancements to the app's annotating and sharing features. New to the latest release is the ability to share both annotated and mobile-optimized reports directly from the app. Further, shared snapshots sent via email now create a deep link that takes the recipient directly to the related Power BI tile or report. Building on Power BI's existing Quick Response code capabilities, which allow users to share reports using codes that can be scanned by cameras on smartphones and tablets, the company has added the ability for unauthorized users to request access directly from the app. The owner of the related Power BI dashboard in question must approve the request using the Power BI web portal. The app also allows Apple Watch users to refresh data from the companion app for the wearable. With the iPhone app running in the background and the dashboard index page visible on the Watch, users can "deep press" the Watch's Force Touch-enabled screen to perform a refresh.
This month, Microsoft finally released a preview edition of the Power BI app for Android tablets. The company is encouraging users to take it for a spin and help the company refine the app by supplying feedback using the Power BI Mobile online community forum.