One of the challenges that business intelligence software users face is generating the right sort of visualizations for the data they have.
That’s why Microsoft announced support for custom visualizations across its Power BI service Monday. Developers can now use tools provided by the company on Github to create .pbviz files that can then be imported directly into Power BI’s web interface for use in analyzing data. (Microsoft will also be making that functionality available to the Power BI Desktop client next week.)
Users who don’t want to build or buy bespoke visuals can also pick from ones submitted by community members to a new Power BI Gallery site. Microsoft is hosting that site so people can more easily find and share custom visualizations with the world. Right now, there are a slew of options for users to choose from, including an animated fish tank with fish that resize based on the data source they’re fed.