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Announcing Public Preview of Multiple Audiences for Power BI Apps

Today, we are excited to announce the public preview of Multiple Audiences in the Power BI Apps, one of the highly requested features from the community. With multiple audiences for an App, now Power BI App author can create multiple audience groups within the same App and assign different permissions to each group.

Prior to this feature, to create multiple Apps for different audiences, the App authors had to set up different workspaces to register Apps for each audience. This workspace level isolation resulted in content duplication and operational overhead for the App Authors. With this new capability, the authors can decide which content artifact such as reports, dashboards, etc. should be shared with specific audience groups within an App using a single workspace. This allows fine-grained access permissions for the App consumers who can consume various artifacts in the App based on their group permissions and minimizes operational overhead for the App authors.

Note: We have made some changes to the Workspace UI. Read the Consideration and Limitations section at the bottom of the blog to learn more.

We have revamped the old app authoring experience to allow Apps authors to seamlessly create audience groups within a Power BI App and add access permissions on the artifacts such as reports and dashboards within the app. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get started with the new experience.

Step1: Register an app using the Setup Tab

App setup tab allows app authors to register an App and add details such as App’s name, description, logo, etc.

graphical user interface to add app name and description

Step 2: Add content artifacts using the new Content tab

We have now added a “Content” tab in the UI experience that allows App authors to easily add content artifacts such as reports, dashboards etc. and even links to other websites. By clicking on “Add content” button in the “Content” tab, the App authors can select artifacts that they want to add from the current workspace. See below.

graphical user interface to add content in the app

pop-up allowing app authors to choose what content from the workspace needs to be added in the app

The App author can also preview the content of the added artifacts. App authors can also add links to websites by clicking the “Add a link” from the drop-down menu next to “Add content”

graphical user interface allowing app authors to add link to the app

The App author can also change the order of the content artifacts in the App by:

1) Dragging and dropping the artifacts.

graphical user interface showing how to drag and drop a content to re-order the content list

2) Using “move up” or “move down” options next to each artifact.

graphical user interface showing how to use move-up and move-down menu options to re-order the content lists

Step3: Create and manage audience groups using the Audience tab

The new “Audience” tab allows App authors to create and manage audience groups within an App. Furthermore, by using the “Manage Audience Access” pane, the author can specify which groups or users should be added to the current audience group. The app author can also change the name of the audience by double clicking on the default audience label. The app author can create up to 10 audience groups within an App. By clicking the hide/unhide icon next to each artifact, the App authors can control the access to each artifact within an App.

graphical user interface allowing ap authors to add audience groups and manage their permissions

Step 4: Share the App with the App consumers

App authors can share the published apps by clicking the “Copy link” button at the bottom of the Setup page. This generates a shareable app link that App authors can share with their consumers.

graphical user interface showing how app authors can share the app link with the app consumers

The app consumers can also request access to the app by searching for the app from Apps marketplace or AppSource. Once app is installed, the app authors can visit the app permission management page by clicking on “Manage permissions in their Apps Tab to approve/decline any access request.

The App consumers can only see the content artifacts based on the access permissions for their respective audience groups. Consumers who have access to multiple audience groups will see group tabs on the top bar to switch between different audience views easily (as shown below). By default, the consumers are displayed the “All” tab view, which is a consolidated view showing all content artifacts that they have access to. The App consumer can browse different audience groups tab to see what artifacts are added for that group.

graphical user interface showing the consolidated view for the app consumers belonging to more than one audience groups

the app view for the app consumer belonging to audience group 1

the app view for the app consumer belonging to audience group 2

  • For the public preview, we have disabled the “Include in App” column in the Workspace. The app author can add/delete a content from an app by clicking on the “Update app” button.
  • A pending request will not be approved unless an audience group is selected for the consumer. The audience group can be selected by clicking the “Audience” drop down button on the app permission management page.
  • By default, all the newly added content, to an already published app, is marked as invisible. The app author must go to each audience group and manually unhide it.

This is just a beginning, and we have many more exciting new features coming to the Power BI Apps. If you have any suggestions regarding products improvements or new features that you would like to see for Power BI Apps, please submit an idea here.

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