My Review of the New Microsoft Azure Map Power BI Visual: NO GO as is, but has lots of potential

As promised, I bring you a review of the new Azure Map Power BI visual from Microsoft (now available in the July 2020 release of Power BI Desktop). Few tragic flaws make it unfit for duty yet, but the potential is there. I am excited for V2.

This video is not of how-to variety because I do not think I can add anything to whatever had already been covered in the Desktop release video from Microsoft. Instead, I am trying to assess whether I can start using this visual as is (the answer is NO) and also going over the features that will make this a default mapping chart for me once the current limitations are addressed.

Also, I am still not 100% sure whether this visual will always be available for free or whether we will be required to pay for Azure Map service after the preview phase is over.

6 thoughts on “My Review of the New Microsoft Azure Map Power BI Visual: NO GO as is, but has lots of potential

  1. Nice review, thanks for the warning about traffic layers and the possibility of needing a subscription. I found the Bars Layer useful for comparing data down at the suburb level. The geojson Reference Layer works well with polygon shapes. Unfortunately it doesn’t understand marker shapes and they appear as bubbles. The map is also missing a legend.

  2. Hello – I own xViz and would like to get in touch with you. Please connect with me by email and we can figure out a way to collaborate

  3. Thanks for the review. I agree with most of your comments, but I have a question. When you wanted the bubbles one color, why couldn’t you have dropped state from the legend and then added it to Tooltips? That seemed to work for me. Did I miss something?

    1. Well normally it should be in the legend… Tool tips is only for when you mouse over a data point… It’s been a while since V1 was released, I should probably take a look at it again and see if it got any better

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