Microsoft Power BI Picks Up New AI Features

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Image recognition? Check. Text analytics? Check. Ability to create machine learning modes? Double check. Microsoft Power BI has picked up some impressive AI capabilities recently.

These are part of the new preview version of the business analytics suite.

Redmond highlighted these new bells and whistles in a blog post, detailing the expanded range of artificial intelligence features that the company hopes will allow users new options and abilities to perform tasks using AI.

The new capabilities include powerful features like image recognition, text analytics and integration with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning.

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These were announced by Arun Ulag, the general manager of engineering for the Power BI project:

“All these new AI capabilities—pioneered in Azure and now available in Power BI—require no code. This enables all Power BI users to discover hidden, actionable insights in their data and drive better business outcomes with easy-to-use AI.”

The newest iteration of Power BI makes it possible for every employee in an organization to make better decisions based on data with beautiful reports and dashboards.

finding the insights within data can quickly get challenging, due to the massive volumes of data that businesses generate these days. But this where AI can help — the technology can comb through the data to automatically find patterns that help users understand what the data means.

At the same time, it can predict the outcomes that help businesses drive results.

Other new capabilities include key driver analysis, designed to help users understand what factors can influence key business metrics. The ability to create machine learning models directly in Power BI using automated machine learning is also included.

All this is a major step up for Power BI, which previously included only some basic AI capabilities.

The suite integrated a handful of simple artificial intelligence features like natural language that enabled users to get answers by asking questions in plain English, and Quick Insights, which automatically finds patterns in data.

But this latest release is taking things in overdrive.

Want to test out these new features? Sign up immediately to try the latest preview of Power BI.

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